Access to Great Library Resources

For the safety of our members, the Great Library is closed indefinitely. As a semi-public and unstaffed space, we are unable to maintain a level of cleaniness on our equipment and resources to ensure the safety of our members.

The number one free source for legal research in Canada is On top of a significant collection of caselaw and legislation, CanLII has a note up function for both cases and legislation. They have added a lot of secondary source content, in the form of e-books, law journals and case commentary. CanLII’s search page is fairly intuitive, but if you would like to take a deeper dive, view their video tutorials on How to browse commentary and How to search commentary on the CanLII Guides page. CanLII also hosts The Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide, formerly known as the Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research. 

We encourage members to use our subscription resources available behind the members portal, and when those aren’t enough, to email us at Working remotely, we continue to have access to all of our databases, and can provide you material you may not be able to retrieve on your own. 


Additional vLex Content

The vLex database, available to you behind the members portal, has been expanded to include access to U.K.caselaw and legislation, on top of the Canadian and U.S. content. This should be available in the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you need UK decisions, please email us to retrieve them for you.


Westlaw Content

For members who do not subscribe to Westlaw, we are able to share our in-library service remotely. We have 10 additional licenses that can be sent to individuals, for 12 hours use at a time. This will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis by emailing Users will receive a registration key which you will need to create a OnePass username and password. Once your time is up, your subscription will expire and all research will be deleted. 

Our Westlaw Canada subscription includes content from CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource and portions of Litigator, including the annotated Manitoba Queen’s Bench rules. We also subscribe to the following looseleaf titles which we can access remotely through the Proview platform:


Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Practice

Judicial Review of Administrative Action in Canada (Brown, Evans)

Practice and Procedure before Administrative Tribunals (Macaulay, Sprague, Sossin)

McWilliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, 5th ed.

Conflicts of Interest: Principles for the Legal Profession (McNair)

Lawyers & Ethics: Professional Responsibility and Discipline (MacKenzie)

Damages for Personal Injury and Death (Goldsmiths)

Injunctions and Specific Performance (Sharpe)

Law of Damages (Waddams)

Orkin on The Law of Costs, 2nd ed.


While we are not able to download an entire text and send that to you, subject to copyright and licensing restrictions, we are able to send excerpts. Please indicate what portion of a text you require and we will do our best to fill your request. 


LexisAdvance Quicklaw Content

Our LexisAdvance Quicklaw subscription includes electronic access to a significant amount of secondary sources in both Civil Procedure and Criminal Law. Here is a partial list of titles, which are linked to their table of contents from the publisher, where available. 


Civil Procedure

Canadian Civil Procedure Law, 2nd ed. (Abrams, McGuiness)

Canadian Contract Law, 4th ed. (Swan, Adamski, Na)

Canadian Federal Courts Practice, 2019 ed. (Hughes, Renaud and Horne)

Canadian Law of Unjust Enrichment and Restitution (McInnes)

Canadian Tort Law, 11th ed. (Linden, Feldthusen)

Castel & Walker: Canadian Conflict of Laws, 6th ed.

Law of Limitations, 3rd ed. (Mew)

Procedural Strategies for Litigators, 3rd ed. (Morton)

Sopinka on the Trial of an Action, 3rd ed. (McEwan)

Sopinka’s Law of Evidence in Canada, 5th ed. (Bryant, Lederman, Fuerst)

Sullivan on the Construction of Statutes, 6th ed.


Criminal Law

Annotated Youth Criminal Justice Act, 2nd ed.

Canada’s Cannabis Act – Annotations and Commentary, 2019-2020 ed. (Bennett)

Criminal Procedure in Canada, 2nd ed. (Penney, Rondienelli, Stribopoulos)

Expert Evidence, 3rd ed. (Anderson)

Impaired Driving in Canada, 5th ed. (Kenkel)

The Law of Search and Seizure, 11th ed. (Fontana and Keeshan)

The Practitioner’s Criminal Code, 2020 ed. (Gold)