Library History

The Law Library of Victoria: improving access to justice for all Victorians

Sir Redmond Barry established the Library of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1853 to provide world-class provision of legal resources for the legal profession of Victoria. Since then the legal profession in Victoria has funded a library to enhance the administration of justice.

In 2012 an agreement was signed to consolidate law library services in Victoria as the Law Library of Victoria, serving judges, VCAT members and legal practitioners.

The Law Library of Victoria – “an historic opportunity to prepare all Victorian judges and lawyers for the future”
(Chief Justice Marilyn Warren, media release August 23 2012)

The Law Library of Victoria amalgamated the existing libraries and today the Library provides 24/7 access to a wide range of digital resources. The Library encompasses the collections of the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court and VCAT and also provides services to the Children's Court, Coroners Court, Court Services Victoria, Judicial College of Victoria, and the Judicial Commission of Victoria. In 2018 the Victorian Bar Library became a branch of the Law Library of Victoria with access to digital resources available in the Richard Griffiths Library.

The Law Library, via the Supreme Court Library, has always provided services to the legal profession in Victoria. These services are now being extended by offering registered users access to value added services.

Supreme Court Library History

Learn more about the history of the Supreme Court Library.

Judicial Profiles

Biographical information, speeches, texts and articles by, or about the Supreme Court of Victoria judges.