Using the Library

The Law Library is temporarily located in the basement of Leddy West Building. Beginning Sept 7, 2021, law students can Book a Study Space within the law library. Enter via the main doors to Leddy Library and then follow the signs provided. More information about our on-site services is discussed in this video.

The Library offers chat reference services and access to resources via our website .

The 4500+ books that form this collection have been moved to Leddy, and are available for pick-up at the law library circulation desk.

Course Reserves

The Library has purchased as many course reserves titles in e-book format as possible. Search for course reserves.

E-Books

The Library Collection Development policy has pivoted to focus on acquiring books in electronic format. Any existing print titles that are on reserve for a class have also been purchased in e-book form. If an e-book version is not available, we are acquiring two print copies. If you require any books for teaching or research, contact lawreference@uwindsor.ca. We will endeavour to purchase these titles in e-book format, but will acquire print if no e-book is available.

Borrowing Books

Faculty, students and staff of the university are entitled to borrow circulating materials from the Law Library using a valid University of Windsor patron card. Currently, you can only take out a book by requesting Book Pickup. Visit the Law Library to pick up an item. Login to your OMNI account to get started.

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for failure to pay fines and/or return books, failure to co-operate with library staff, or failure to follow the Library Behaviour Code.

  • General loan period: 28 days
  • Reserve loan period: 5 hours (generally); some books - 2 or 3 hours or 1 day (a few reserve books do not circulate)

Digitization Services

If you are not currently in Windsor and need a chapter of a book, you may request that it be scanned and emailed for your, within copyright guidelines. For more information about this service, please visit Digital Delivery information page.

Renewing Books

Renewals for all items may be done via email at lawcirc@uwindsor.ca. Automatic renewals are done on general loan (28 day) books only. Please be sure to renew your reserve books before the time they are due to avoid incurring overdue fines.

If there is a request/hold placed on a general loan (28 day) book you have out, you will receive an email notice requesting that you return the book within 7 days and the book will not renew. If there is a request/hold placed on a reserve book you have out, the book will not renew.

Fines

  • 50 cents per day for materials on regular circulation
  • 60 cents per hour for materials on reserve

Law students should note that excessive fines at the Law Library may affect the ability to charge out materials at Leddy Library, and fines at Leddy Library can affect Law Library circulation privileges. Borrowing privileges will be suspended at the Law Library when unpaid fines reach $50.00. Borrowing privileges are suspended at Leddy Library when unpaid fines reach $10.00.

Interuniversity Borrowing Privileges

Canadian universities have agreed to extend in-person borrowing privileges to students, faculty and staff from across the country. You must present a valid university identification card to access this service.

Each institution may determine its own reciprocal borrowing policies in regards to loan duration, fines and fees, and what items may or may not be borrowed. I.e. periodicals, books on course reserve or electronic items may not be available for loan.

Details provided by each participating institution on the policies they hold for reciprocal borrowers is available at Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA)

Please note that University of Toronto has established fees for reciprocal borrowing. Please see the University of Toronto's fees page for more information.

The lending library's regulations related to loan periods, renewal and recall procedures, and fines will apply to all loans. Lost or damaged materials should be reported to the library from which the item was borrowed. Students, faculty and staff are responsible for paying any fines, lost book charges or processing charges incurred.

McGill Guide

The Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, or “McGill Guide” is available on Westlaw Next Canada. Look for the link under “Finding Tools” from the Westlaw Next Canada homepage.

Library Behaviour Code

Library users are required to show consideration towards others and adhere to the library behaviour code.

Borrowing Books

An external borrower card allows people not affiliated with the University of Windsor to borrow law library materials.

The following groups may request an External Borrower card for free at either the Law or Leddy Library:

  • University of Windsor Alumni (includes Articling students)
  • Canadian University faculty, students and staff
  • U of W Giving Campaign members
  • Visiting Professors and Post-Doctoral Fellows at Canadian institutions
  • St. Clair College faculty
  • Lambton College faculty
  • Wayne State University faculty
  • University of Detroit Mercy faculty (please request card from Law Library; borrowing privileges will be honoured at Leddy Library)
  • Self-representing Litigants

External borrowers may take out a book for 7 days at the Law Library, 14 days at Leddy. Law Library Reserve items may not be borrowed.

Renewing Books

Renewals for all items may be done via email at lawcirc@uwindsor.ca

Automatic renewals are not done on Law Library books. Please be sure to renew your books before the due date and time to avoid incurring overdue fines.

If there is a request/hold placed on a book you have out, you will receive an email notice requesting that you return the book within 7 days and the book will not renew.

Fines

  • 50 cents per day for materials on regular circulation
  • 60 cents per hour for materials on reserve

External borrowers will be held financially responsible for lost or damaged books. Borrowing privileges will be suspended until any incurred fines are paid in full.

Library Behaviour Code

Library users are required to show consideration towards others and adhere to the library behaviour code.

Borrowing Books

Members of the legal profession and members of the general public are also welcome to use the law library. For an annual fee of $50, external borrowers may purchase an External Borrowers card from either the Law or Leddy Library.

External borrowers may take out a book for 7 days at the Law Library, 14 days at Leddy. Law Library Reserve items may not be borrowed.

Currently, circulation is only available via Contactless Pickup via Leddy Library. Login to your OMNI account to get started.

Renewing Books

Renewals for all items may be done via email at lawcirc@uwindsor.ca

Automatic renewals are not done on Law Library books. Please be sure to renew your books before the due date and time to avoid incurring overdue fines.

If there is a request/hold placed on a book you have out, you will receive an email notice requesting that you return the book within 7 days and the book will not renew.

Fines

  • 50 cents per day for materials on regular circulation
  • 60 cents per hour for materials on reserve

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for failure to pay fines and/or return books, failure to co-operate with library staff, or failure to follow the Library Behaviour Code.

External borrowers will be held financially responsible for lost or damaged books. Borrowing privileges will be suspended until any incurred fines are paid in full.

Additional Information

Members of the public who require legal information are encouraged to visit Steps to Justice website which provides legal answers to common questions.

Some services provided within the Law Library are not available to members of the legal profession and members of the general public. Visit the Windsor Public Library's e-resources on law for assistance.

Members of the public may also find helpful resources on Community Legal Education Ontario, and on the National Self-Represented Litigants Project's Representing Yourself Canada websites.

Library Behaviour Code

Library users are required to show consideration towards others and adhere to the library behaviour code.

 

Updated: Sept 3  2021 AD