Great Library Reopening (Again)

The Great Library will reopen on Monday, April 4. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to the library space. While we’ve all had to navigate new challenges with virtual research and digital delivery, we know that many of you like to do your own research.

The library will re-open to the public and to Law Society licensees. For the most part, we’ll be returning to operations as they were before the pandemic. However, we have some pandemic-related changes to our operations:

  • You will only be able to access the Great Library by entering through the Law Society of Ontario entrance on the east side of Osgoode Hall (facing Nathan Phillips Square). There will be no entry from the courthouse. Security will be installing signs around the building to direct patrons to the library (see reference photo below).
  • Visitors to the Great Library will need to check in and out and follow Law Society of Ontario requirements for vaccinations and contact tracing. This includes wearing a mask at all times in the Great Library.
  • There will be no capacity limit.
  • Please remember to bring a debit or credit card if you need to purchase photocopies. We no longer accept cash.
  • Despite the physical library being open to our patrons, we will continue to provide remote document delivery and reference services. This is something that we offered pre-pandemic.
  • We will be reinstating our charges for the e-delivery of materials from our print collection.  

Lastly, many will be happy to hear that the library will be reinstating Saturday hours. While we will still be closed during the evenings (Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm), the library will be open to Law Society of Ontario members (licensees, licensing candidates, law clerks, or law firm staff) Saturdays from 11am-5pm.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and are looking forward to continuing to support you.