Below is an overview of library resources and services available for Society members. To become a member see Apply for a PC or Associate Membership.
Access to the Library’s legal resources and services will save a practitioner’s time, and provide practitioners with the confidence that the advice, or precedents being drafted, contain the latest authorities or legislative provisions.
What services do the library offer?
The Tasmanian Law Library can assist practitioners with research needs, and staff are available to provide practitioners with a range of information services, and can:
- Assist with identifying and locating both primary and secondary legal resources.
- Provide training on the use of legal databases and help develop an appropriate search strategy which is both efficient and effective.
- Provide general assistance with legal research queries.
- Provide a weekly current awareness service to ensure practitioners are kept up to date with the latest developments in the law.
- Provide a virtual reference service 5 days per week between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday).
In addition to these services, the Library offers remote access to a wide range of electronic resources from a variety of subscription databases. Thousands of authoritative titles are accessible exclusively by Society members. The external databases currently available are listed below.
AGIS + Text Practitioner Access
Journal index (including some full text articles) from 1975. Content from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region plus selected articles from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada starting from 1999
Australian and New Zealand Newsstream Practitioner Access
This offers access to leading Australian and New Zealand newspapers. Combining content from Fairfax Australia and Fairfax New Zealand, News Limited, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and AAP Newswire; Australia & New Zealand Newsstream provides access to local, regional and national news.
Lexis Red Digital Library
Lexis Red is a digital lending library that contains hundreds of titles available to “borrow” and download to a device (desktop/laptop/iPad). It includes the major legal encyclopaedias, loose-leaf services and a selection of books published by LexisNexis. A small selection of titles are identified below.
- Austin and Black’s Annotations to the Corporations Act
- Australian Corporate Finance Law
- Australian Corporations Law : Principles and Practice
- Australian Corporations Legislation
- Australian Defamation Law and Practice
- Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents
- Cheshire & Fifoot Law of Contract
- Civil Liability Australia
- Civil Procedure Tasmania
- Cross on Evidence
- Delegated Legislation in Australia
- Halsbury’s Laws of Australia
- Kelly and Ball’s Principles of Insurance Law
- Personal Property Securities in Australia
- Statutory Interpretation in Australia / Pearce
- Workplace Law : Fair Work
Oxford Scholarship Online : Law : Practitioner Access
Over 1,800 legal titles published by Oxford University Press, available to browse or search. New books added monthly.
ProQuest Ebook Central
Large database of ebooks from a variety of publishers worldwide. A selection of LexisNexis titles are also available to view or download from this platform. Content not “owned” by the Library may be searched and viewed for 5 minutes. Requests for the purchase of an e-book from this collection may be made.
WestLaw Practitioner Access
External access to the following resources is currently available.
- Australian Bankruptcy Cases
- Australian Commercial Precedents
- Britt’s Comparable Verdicts in Personal Injury Claims
- Commonwealth Law Reports [complete series – authorised reports of the High Court of Australia]
- FirstPoint: A combination of the Australian Digest and Australian Case Citator. FirstPoint provides access to case references, citation history and digest information for Australian cases since 1825.
- Laws of Australia: Encyclopaedic reference tool covering all major areas of the law. It provides both an overview of relevant legal principles and detailed commentary.
- McDonald Henry & Meek’s Australian Bankruptcy Law and Practice
- Tasmanian Reports [1992 + – authorised reports of the Supreme Court of Tasmania]
- Unreported Judgments
How to access these resources and service
Access to electronic content is via the library website. The Library also provides links to a wide range of free legal resources for ease of access, and eBooks are discoverable via its library catalogue. For additional information, or for a demonstration of what the Library has to offer, contact Deb Bowring, Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 6165 7412.