The Brant Law Library is funded through library levies paid to the Law Society of Upper Canada and provides services to members of the Brant Law Association, articling students and lawyer licensees in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
The library is located on the third floor of the courthouse and is divided by 4 rooms housing the collection, workstations, and worktables. Robing rooms are situated on the 2nd floor.
Hours of Operation
The library is staffed Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
After Hour Access (24 hour access including evening, weekends and holidays)
After hour access is available to paid up members of the Brant Law Association. Please see staff to obtain an after hour access fob.
The Print Collection
The collection is listed in the online catalogue, AdvoCAT, which can be accessed through the icon on the desktop of each workstation in the library, or by choosing Online Catalogue on the BLA website. New books are displayed in the rear area of the library.
Print collection of historial Canadian federal, provincial and subject reports
Print collection of historial British law reports
Approximately 1,400 Canadian Titles, including looseleaf services from all major Canadian publishers
Print collection of historical federal and provincial statutes
Forms, precedents and dictionaries
Criminal Codes and Rules of Civil Procedure
The computers in the library are equipped with access to the LibraryCo Toolkit of Legal Resources. Included in the Tookit are: LexisNexis Quicklaw, including three practice areas (Criminal Practice, Family Practice and Litigation Practice), Halbury's Law of Canada, Canadian Forms & Precedents, Solicitor Forms & Precedents, Carlson Personal Injury, The Canada Digest, Wrongful Dismissal Notice Searcher, and Williston and Rolls Court Forms.
The BLA also subscribes to DivorceMate, and O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms.
Members of the Brant Law Association are entitled to sign out print materials from the print collection for a 2 week loan period. In order to reduce loss of material and to ensure availability for all members, library users must sign out all materials and return them prompty. Circulation cards are provided in the back of most books. If a card in not available please advise the library staff. All material is subject to immediate recall when required.
Document Delivery (Inter-Library Loans)
LibraryCo has established a free document delivery service between the County & District Law Libraries. This service allows us to borrow most materials from the libraries listed on the online catalogue. Participating libraries will either make copies of the section required or lend the text to us for your review. Generally, loan periods range from 3 - 14 days depending on the currency of the material. LibraryCo covers the cost of the courier to acquire these items.
All library services are available to Brant Law Association members at 70 Wellington Street, Brantford, ON N3T 2L9, or by telephone at 519-752-1744 toll free at 1-866-759-2038, by fax at 519-752-8808, or emailing Christiane (Chris) Wyskiel, Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org