Headquartered in the stunning and iconic Supreme Court Library with services delivered from five branches, the Law Library of Victoria provides high quality library services to the legal profession and judiciary, continuing the practice established by Sir Redmond Barry in the 1850s. Awarded 'Legal Information Service of the Year' by the Australian Law Librarians Association - you know you're in good hands with the team at the Law Library of Victoria.
The Supreme Court Library, at 210 William St Melbourne, is our only branch open to Victoria's solicitors, and from here we provide services to all members of the legal profession, including those who are not able to 'walk in' during business hours. Victoria's barristers can access our digital library around the clock at the branch of the Law Library at the Victorian Bar: the Richard Griffith's Library. With three other branches of the Library based inside other courts, the Law Library achieves the ideal balance of embedded librarians with centralised administration.
The Library makes a valuable contribution to the administration of justice by providing access to extensive electronic and hard copy legal information, along with assistance to those undertaking legal research.
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Statement from the Chair
We have a bold vision of what a library that caters to the judiciary and legal profession could and should be. A place where libraries are no longer simply information repositories and librarians no longer simply information custodians, but a place laden with multi-dimensional resources used skillfully and proactively to meet targeted research needs. A place that is no longer limited to the physical space that the library stands in. A library that assists the administration of justice in our State by having all relevant material collected at one source and made available to practitioners.
This vision has led to the Law Library of Victoria: a law library that unites the libraries of all the jurisdictions and serves the needs of the entire legal profession in Victoria. One that helps to navigate the transition that is currently taking place between the reliance on the physical collection of the library and the increasing growth of the digital collection of the library. We envisage a fully-functional Law Library of Victoria having the research capacity to capture and process information and serve the legal profession and judiciary.
By combining the libraries of the different jurisdictions - in particular, by creating a unified staffing structure and a single point of purchase for information resources, the Law Library of Victoria provides services and content far superior to what could be provided under separate entities. This transformation is still ongoing, but already we see vast improvements to what was available. This will ensure that the Library continues to be the custodian of a vast collection of legal information, held on behalf of the profession.
The Honourable Justice Cameron Macaulay,
Chair Law Library of Victoria Committee.