Library services

Library & Information Services (L&IS) supports the regulatory role of the Society by providing information, knowledge and collections management services to staff and contributes to the competency of lawyers by providing basic services and timely access to current Canadian legal information.

All Barristers’ Society members – with a focus on practising lawyers and articled clerks – may contact the Barristers' Library for assistance with the following: 

  • identifying relevant materials to help answer an information need;
  • troubleshooting difficulties with online information sources;
  • determining if material in the Halifax Barristers’ Library is available for loan;
  • borrowing circulating materials;
  • accessing materials from another library through interlibrary loan;
  • carrying out a legislative history; and
  • obtaining a copy of a case, statute or article not directly available to the lawyer.

L&IS staff do not perform in-depth research for lawyers. Contact us for a current list of researchers who provide legal research services.

The following online resources licensed for lawyer use are available on the library user computers at the Barristers’ Library in Halifax; the Kings County Barristers’ Library in Kentville; and the Simon J. Khattar Memorial Barristers’ Library in Sydney:

L&IS staff offer in-library training for lawyers in these licensed online resources. Check upcoming events and InForum for notices of sessions.

Follow the links for more information on L&IS services and fees, locations and hours, subject research guides, tips on keeping current, and links to Barristers’ Library Catalogue, Civil Procedure Rules and related materialcase law, legislation, and quantum tables.

See Legal resource information for listings of organizations, services, resource guides and websites that can assist members of the public with legal information needs.