“No profession is so dependent on the book for its life”
-A. Rosemary McCormick, Chief Librarian of the LSUC, 1978
The NCLA Library is dedicated to assisting NCLA members and visitors with their information needs by facilitating access to the onsite holdings of print resources, electronic documents and databases, and by providing assistance when needed.
Lawyers and Judges from outside the NCLA may use the library services while visiting the Cobourg Court House, but do not have borrowing privileges. Documents can be photocopied and scanned upon request.
The library itself has seating for eight; hosts three reference computers available to members, a fax machine, photocopier, and other equipment is available, as well as a DVD player, projector and screen for viewing continuing legal education replays.
With a growing print collection and access to technology, NCLA strives to meet the needs of all lawyers. We are ever evolving with the introduction of new databases, software, titles and the Library Toolkit. The NCLA Library is a private library for the use of its members, and lawyers of the Law Society of Upper Canada only. The Library respects the privacy of individuals and will safeguard their personal information and research requests. Library staff will not discuss reading tastes, or items borrowed by library patrons with third parties, as per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56.
NOTE: THE LIBRARIAN DOES NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE OR LAWYER RECOMMENDATIONS.
Books may be signed out for 3 weeks at a time, and may be renewed twice in total, for 3 weeks each time. At the end of this period they must be returned to the library, or replaced. Once books are overdue by 30 days users will receive a notice to return their books. Overdue books will be subject to fines and/or reduced Library and NCLA Member privileges.
Items marked with a “Library Use Only” sticker are considered non-circulating and cannot be removed from the library. Special arrangements may be made with the Librarian for the removal of non-circulating items, on a case-by-case basis.
Members are encouraged to contact the library if needed materials are not available in the on-site library collection; the librarian may be able to acquire items through interlibrary loan. The NCLA Library has borrowing privileges with most Ontario courthouse libraries, as well as the Law Society of Ontario’s Great Library.
The NCLA Librarian is available during regular hours (8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday) to answer reference questions, advise on research, and provide assistance in locating and using library resources. Reference questions often involve case searches and note-ups, help in locating useful materials, and legislative research. For assistance, NCLA members may contact the library in person, or via phone, email, or fax.
The Librarian is available to provide answers to questions requiring a direct answer, such as requests for cases, legislation, or assistance in locating relevant legal resources. Please note that the Librarian is unable to perform research on questions that require an in-depth understanding of the law. While able to advise on a research strategy and assist in locating research materials, the law librarian does not provide legal advice, and does not have the time or legal training involved to ensure that answers to complex legal research questions are correct.
The NCLA Library has four reference computers available to members. There is online access to many references and the Internet is available on the three computers as well as on your laptop or mobile device through the wireless connection. Please ask the librarian for the WIFI password.
The computers in the library are equipped with access to a variety legal resources such as: Lexis Advance (formerly Quicklaw), including three practice areas (Criminal Practice, Family Practice and Litigation Practice), and WestlawNext Canada, and Rangefindr. The NCLA also subscribes to DivorceMate, which is available on two of the four reference computers.
There is a photocopier/fax machine available to members in the library. The cost is $0.30/per copy, and members are invoiced once per month for copy charges. New members are issued photocopy codes when they join. Any violation of copyright is the responsibility of the copy machine user. Visitors may use the photocopier at the rate of $0.30/per copy, and may be invoiced or pay in cash. Currently the library is not equipped to accept digital payments and can only accept cash or cheque.
Computers are available to NCLA Members on a first-come, first-served basis. Wireless internet is also available for laptops and other wireless devices – ask the Librarian for the password. To ensure equitable access to the Internet and efficient use of resources, the Library has developed service use guidelines, which are available to members.
The following persons shall have the privileges of the library at all times during regular hours:
(a) All NCLA Members in good standing in the Association
(b) Lawyers who are members of the Law Society of Upper Canada practicing outside the
County of Northumberland
(c) All Justices of the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice
(d) Articling Students
Provided that the Board of Directors may revoke any privilege as granted above for cause.