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Using the Library

The following rules apply to use of the Law Society Library.

Opening Hours

The hours of operation are 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday with entry to the Library restricted from 4.50pm.  The Library is not available on public holidays.                                                                                                                                                                                                

Who may use the Library

Solicitors and their staff may use the Library, but only solicitors with current practising certificates may borrow.

What may be borrowed

There are few restrictions on what may be borrowed.  Items that are not for loan include:

  • Items designated as reference works
  • Items residing in the Not For Loan collection
  • Historical legislation

Borrowers are responsible for all loans registered against their Borrowers Card, and for their prompt return.

Loan Period

One week.

Renewals and recalls

Material may be renewed once and this is at the discretion of the Librarian.  Overdue material may not be renewed. 
After 24 hours all loans are returnable on demand at the request of another user.


A fine of $10.00 per item is payable to the Library if after notification an overdue item remains outstanding after a further 3 days. No further material may be borrowed until the fine has been paid to the Library and the overdue material returned.

Inter-Library Loans

Material obtained on inter-library loan from another library must be used in the Society's Library. Any fees charged by the lending library are the responsibility of the requestor.

Library etiquette

The use of mobile telephones, smoking, drinking, eating or loud and unnecessary conversation or noise is not permitted in the Library.



  • Law Society Library
  • Level 1
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0324
  • F: (02) 9221 1917
  • E: library@lawsociety.com.au