Mission and Strategy

The Law Library of Victoria Strategy 2016-2021

The Law Library of Victoria’s aim is to create an enduring and pre-eminent legal information resource for the judiciary and the legal profession. A resource that  promotes access to justice and enhances the administration of justice in Victoria through our renowned collection, services and community engagement. The Law Library of Victoria Strategy 2016-2021 provides clarity for our communities about our priorities for the years ahead.

Our values: We Inform | We Curate | We Partner | We Innovate  | We Strive 

Our vision: We are the preferred resource for the Victorian legal community. We are an aspirational model for other libraries.

Our mission: The Law Library provides services that support the administration of justice in Victoria.

  • We collate and curate the best range of legal information resources for our constituents.

  • We assist with reference and research support, and improve skills in using legal resources across the community.

  • We improve access to justice for all Victorians by reducing the cost of access to legal resources for our members.

The Law Library of Victoria was awarded Legal Information Service of the Year in 2015 by the Australian Law Librarians’ Association (ALLA) in recognition of the outstanding service we provide.

Our Strategic Priorities 

Four strategic priorities have been identified for the Library for 2016 – 2021.
For the full document including each of the four strategic priorities’ objectives and actions Law Library Strategy 2016-2021. (PDF, 426KB),

Strategic Priority 1: Digital Access 

Our doors are open to everyone: judges, barristers, solicitors, law students, the general public and tourists. There's a good chance they'll use our website as the main, and often only, form of contact with the Library. This interaction can have a profound impact on the individual: it can mean the difference between winning or losing, floundering or thriving, or finishing that assignment. We provide a path that's easy to use. We understand both the information and the information need.

Strategic Priority 2: Collections 

A new Collection Policy (PDF, 374KB) was implemented by the Law Library of Victoria in early 2015 and updated in 2018. Work is now in progress to align practices and procedures with this policy.

The Law Library of Victoria has been authorised to manage all subscriptions on behalf of the jurisdictions. This has provided significant purchasing power and an ability to manage relationships with publishers more strategically.

Strategic Priority 3: Services

Libraries around the world have had to re-align services to new paradigms and a dynamic changing modernised environment. This has led to a need for different types of capabilities, skills and expertise to move forward and deliver sustainable services. The librarian has become a partner with the business served. The Service Framework (PDF, 171KB) will form part of the service agreements with contributing parties.

Strategic Priority 4: Engagement and Education 

The Library establishes a reputation for reliable, high-quality and excellent services by engaging strategically with the community. Through an intelligently-structured calendar of events, the Library opens Victorian law to members of the public, the profession and the judiciary.

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

Our Performance Measures 

•   Court Services Victoria obligations with regard to subscription contracts are met
•   In-person interactions (including by phone and email)
•   Effectiveness of training and information sessions
•   Take up of services including digital services (i.e. use of website and electronic content)
•   Library services overall - User satisfaction
•   The Library Strategy is subject to external review every two years to assess progress and refine goals.