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Bennett Jones Law Library Facilities

Facilities & Collections

The BJLL is comprised of three floors, with an interior elevator and staircase. The library’s entrance/exit and Service Desk is located on the 2nd floor of Murray Fraser Hall. There are two lower levels, the Mezzanine and the 1st floor. Maps of each floor are available – 1st floor, Mezzanine, and 2nd floor

The 2nd floor also houses our Reserve and Reference collections, our Computer Lab, the library’s only public printers, the Rare Books Room, and library staff members’ workspaces. The 1st floor contains the bulk of our print collection, and individual carrel and table study spaces. The Mezzanine has study spaces for the Law students.

Technology

The computer lab provides 20 workstations with access to word processing, library and legal databases, and the Internet. There are also five workstations located in the reference area. There will be times when the computer lab is not available as a class or training session is being held in that space. All use must comply with the University Computing and Networks Policy, and consideration for others is expected regarding the display of materials on workstations, per the Statement of Internet Use

Do not save any documents or files on the library’s workstations as the computers are re-imaged daily. This process permanently erases all data files stored on the computer’s hard drive. You must save your documents and files on a flash drive or on Webdisk. Save your work frequently!

You may print from either the library’s workstations or your personal laptop. See instructions for printing and how to pay for printing

Collections

The Bennett Jones Law Library houses a large collection of volumes focusing on the common law jurisdictions of Canada, the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand as well as international and comparative law. 

The BJLL subscribes to many legal databases and has access to hundreds of non-legal electronic resources. Access to the legal electronic resources is from the Legal Databases link on the BJLL webpage, and the non-legal databases can be accessed from the Search Collections tab.

The print legal collection is housed in multiple “locations” so it is important to pay attention to the particular item’s location in the catalogue. The bulk of the collection is located on the 1st floor, but other materials could be found in the Reserve Room, Reference Room or Rare Books Room (all located on the 2nd floor).

The materials located in the Reference Collection and most of the books in the Reserve Room must be used in the library. Some of the Reserve materials can be borrowed for three (3) days. Materials in the Ernest S. Watkins Rare Book Collection may only be used with assistance from a library staff member. Photocopying of materials in the Rare Book Collection is not permitted.

Law Subject/Call Number Index (XLS)