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Law Library Services and Resources

Members of the legal profession can visit the Tasmanian Law Libraries located in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie to view both the physical and digital resources held in each collection. Full access to library services, and remote access to a range of online resources, is offered to financial members. To become a Society member see Apply for a PC or Associate Membership. To view the databases available remotely, visit the Law Society Member Portal on the library website or contact the library for more detail. The library website provides links to both free and subscription content, together with links to the catalogue, judgments database, training portal and more.

Society members are entitled to visit the Tasmanian Law Libraries listed below under Tasmanian Law Library Locations and Contact Details to view the physical resources held in each collection.

Library Levy

Society members who pay the library levy under Regulation 70 of the Legal Profession Regulations 2008 are able to access the full range of services offered by the Tasmanian Law Library, together with remote access to a wide range of online resources. The library levy for 2023-2024 is $ 818.80 (and GST exempt). For some PC types, this is automatically included – see how to apply for a PC above.

For additional information, contact Deb Bowring, Manager. deb.bowring@justice.tas.gov.au or (03) 6165 7412. 

The Tasmanian Law Library offers a range of services, training, and support to eligible legal professionals.

What services does the library offer?

Information Requests
The law library has a team of experienced legal research librarians who can assist you with your legal information research. The team can also supply you with a requested case, journal article, or section/chapter of a commentary service not available online.

Training and Support
The library provides online support with using library resources and offers a range of legal research training sessions tailored to your individual needs.

Current Awareness
Members can register to receive a free copy of the Tasmanian Law Library Bulletin which is published every Monday afternoon. The Bulletin covers:

  • Abstracts from selected law reports and journal articles
  • Catchwords from the latest Tasmanian unreported judgments and sentencing remarks
  • Legislative updates
  • Information on the latest books, news and events.

Online Library Collections
Eligible Law Society members can benefit from exclusive remote access to a suite of online databases from leading legal publishers.
The databases contain:

1. Access to core research essentials such as:

  • KeyCite and Laws of Australia [Westlaw]
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents [Lexis Red]
  • Australian Legislation
  • Oxford English Dictionary

2. Online books, loose-leaf services, journals and newspapers
3. Access to unreported judgments from Australia and the United Kingdom
4. Access to a selection of online Law Reports

For more information: Visit the Tasmanian Law Library website to explore the free links to legal resources, or search the Library Catalogue to discover the latest books and e-books. For additional information on member benefits, contact Deb Bowring, Manager, at deb.bowring@justice.tas.gov.au or on (03) 6165 7412.

Andrew Inglis Clark Law Library Hobart
Lower Ground Floor level, Supreme Court Building, 5 Salamanca Place, Hobart (opposite Parliament House). Access through Supreme Court Civil Building Foyer. Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
library@justice.tas.gov.au
(03) 6165 7412

Launceston Law Library
Ground Floor, Staffordshire House, 56 Charles Street, Launceston
Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday – Thursday

24/7 ‘pass’ access is available, direct enquiries to Launceston Law Library.
When Library is unattended contact the Andrew Inglis Clark Law Library on (03) 6165 7412 for assistance.

Email: ltonlawlibrary@justice.tas.gov.au
(03) 6331 2666

North West Law Library
1st Floor, Supreme Court Building, Alexander Street, Burnie
Hours: 9:00 – 5:00 Monday – Friday [unless being used for jury deliberation]. Closed access via Supreme Court Registry – enquire at counter.

Contact the Andrew Inglis Clark Law Library on (03) 6165 7412 for assistance.
library@justice.tas.gov.au