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:

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HeinOnline’s COVID-19 Collection

In response to the pandemic, HeinOnline created “COVID-19: Pandemics Past and Present”, a database containing publications that concern COVID-19 as well as other pandemics. Along with its subcollections dealing with the economic, global, health care, and societal impacts of COVID-19, HeinOnline recently announced that the new subcollection “Vaccinations” has been added to the database, containing publications on the COVID-19 vaccinations. This new subcollection also features publications that explore the history of vaccinations for other diseases. Some subjects of this subcollection include:

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Great Library Returns to Virtual Only

The Law Society is following the guidance of Ontario and is returning to a Step 2 operation. That means that, as of tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, the Great Library will no longer be open to walk-in traffic from licensees or the public. We encourage you to continue to email and phone your questions during our operating hours: Monday-Friday, 9am – 4pm.

You can still order document delivery from wherever you practice and we will attempt to fill your requests from our electronic and print collections. We will have a skeleton staff in the library to maintain the collection and fulfill print collection orders.

Keep an eye on this blog or our Twitter account for information about when we will reopen. As with our reopening in November, we will reopen when the Law Society reopens.

We appreciate your patience with this shift in service and hope that it will not last too long.