The Supreme Court Library collection was established by Sir Redmond Barry in 1853 with the intention of creating a joint law library for judges and the legal profession of Victoria. The collection includes many print items of historical significance not easily accessible accept by visiting the Library in person. You can start your research online by searching the Library catalogue.
Highlights of the Supreme Court Library collection
The Library is regarded as a library of national significance. It is one of the largest law collections in Victoria, containing over 120,000 volumes. The extensive collection includes:
- law reports from all Australian and some international jurisdictions
- statutory material, textbooks, periodicals, and reference materials
- manuscripts, diaries, photographs and other forms of legal memorabilia.
Selected items are displayed in the Library. The preservation of such documents, images and objects makes a significant contribution to Victoria’s historical legacy and safeguards a valuable resource for scholars of legal history.
If you would like to know more about the Library we hold regular tours. To book in, visit our News & Events page.