Bennett Jones Law Library
The Bennett Jones Law Library welcomes students and legal researchers to explore our many and varied resources.Search library collection
The Bennett Jones Law Library is a quiet study area with a collection that includes sets of statutes and case law, law journals, books, and reference sources to use or borrow. We also subscribe to many legal databases and have access to hundreds of non-legal electronic resources. There are many guides to help with your legal research, with reference assistance available via email or by appointment.
As the Bennett Jones Law Library is a quiet study area, please keep conversations short and at a low volume. The 1st floor and Mezzanine are quieter than the 2nd floor as the staff members assist patrons with circulation and research questions on that floor. We ask that you silence your phone and take calls outside to respect the people studying around you.
The Bennett Jones Law Library offers a variety of study spaces, including tables, carrels, and group workrooms. The library has 10 group workrooms on the Mezzanine and 2nd floor which can be used by all UCalgary students. Law students are able to book workrooms up to one week in advance, and all students can access workroom bookings at the Taylor Family Digital Library.
Our collections focus on the common law jurisdictions of Canada, the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand as well as international and comparative law.
The Bennett Jones Law Library 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 Bennett Jones Law Library webpage.
- Computer lab provides 20 workstations with access to word processing, library and legal databases, and the Internet.
- Five workstations located in the reference area.
The Ernest S. Watkins Rare Book Collection is named for a man well known for his contribution to Alberta's legal profession, its legal history and the life of the University of Calgary Law School. The Special Collections holds some of Mr. Watkins personal and business correspondence, legal documents, photographs, political speeches and other related material.
The Law Library collection consists largely of the following:
- 18th- and 19th-century English and pre-1900 Canadian materials
- A copy of each graduate thesis from the University of Calgary Faculty of Law
- An almost-complete collection of the Canadian Parliamentary Guide from 1909 to 1995
- All items in the collection are listed in the Library catalogue. Many of the titles are available in the regular Law Library collection as reprints. Later editions are available online.
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Legal Research Guides
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Here is a list of legal databases available at the University of Calgary.View Legal Databases
Use this search box to find journals by title or ISSN. To search journal articles, use the library search box or databases.Access Law Journals
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