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LawMatters is a Courthouse Libraries BC outreach program funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia. We work in partnership with public libraries to provide local access to legal information in print, as well as legal reference and referral services in communities throughout the province. Together, we strive to improve British Columbians’ access to legal information and justice.

Work that We Do

Grants & Collection Development

  • Grants
  • Law Books for Libraries (LBL) List & Guides

Reference Tools for Libraries

  • LawMatters Blog
  • Guides for Public Libraries

Training Opportunities

  • Webinars
  • In-person events

Program History

LawMatters was established in 2007, and historically the focus has been to distribute grant funding to libraries to purchase print legal resources, share our subject expertise to support public librarians to build and maintain their legal collections, and offer training on providing legal reference and referral services.

A significant increase in funding in 2019 has allowed us to scale up our core activities as well as to engage in more outreach activities to reach a wider audience within the library field, and in particular, front-line library staff fielding legal questions from the public.


We distribute funding from the Law Foundation of British Columbia to participating libraries so they can purchase legal books and maintain strong legal collections. All public libraries in BC are invited to participate annually.

Connect with us to discuss how we can work with you!

604.660.9204 or 1.800.665.2570