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Library Services

Legal Resources

The CCLA has a large variety of print and electronic resources for you to consult in your research. Leading text books and looseleafs, a wide array of annual annotated acts, continuing professional development materials, and useful practice guides form the majority of our texts collection.

We are also proud to offer access to the following online resources (in-library only):

  • WestlawNext Canada (including FamilySource, CriminalSource, EmploymentSource, Estates & TrustsSource, and LabourSource)
  • Lexis Advance Quicklaw
  • O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms Online
  • Thomson Reuters ProView
  • Justis One
  • ICLR.3
  • DivorceMate

  • Use of eResources is governed by Canadian copyright law and the terms and conditions of the licence agreements between the County of Carleton Law Association and resource providers. Each user is responsible for complying with these terms and conditions, including any restrictions on printing, emailing, and downloading licensed content. For more information, please speak with a library staff member or email


    Research Services

    Librarians and staff are available during regular hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday) to answer reference questions, advise on research strategy, and provide assistance in locating and using library resources. Reference questions often involve case searches and note-ups, help in locating useful materials, and legislative research. For assistance, clients may contact the library in person, or via phone, email, or fax. For more detailed information about reference services, please visit our Reference FAQ page.


    Book Borrowing

    CCLA Library books are for library and court use only, and may not leave the courthouse. Library books borrowed for court must be signed out by a library staff member at the front desk, and returned to the library by closing time, at 4:30 PM.


    Interlibrary Loans

    Clients are encouraged to contact the library if needed materials are not available in the collection; library staff may be able to acquire items through interlibrary loan. The CCLA Library has borrowing privileges with most Ontario courthouse libraries, and many libraries in the National Capital Region. Interlibrary loans can often be fulfilled within a day or two of the request.

    Loans arranged from Ontario courthouse libraries are free of charge. Library staff will always seek to borrow from these libraries first. For items unavailable in the Ontario courthouse system, there will be a $10.00 fee for each item shipped to the library.


    Training and Tours

    Library staff are available to provide instruction on the use of both print and electronic resources. Clients are encouraged to request help as needed, or to make an appointment with a librarian for more in-depth instruction. Group training sessions on the use of electronic resources in the library are also held regularly, and are announced via the CCLA’s website and newsletter.

    Clients are encouraged to book a guided tour of the library. Tours offer an opportunity to meet the staff and learn about library resources, services, and access. To schedule a tour for an individual or group, please contact the library.


    Computer and Wireless Access

    Computers are available in the library, providing access to word processing software, the Internet, and printing services in the courthouse. Each computer is also equipped with the library's online resource collection, which provides free access to products such as Lexis Advance Quicklaw, WestlawNext Canada, DivorceMate, and O'Brien's Forms and Precedents.

    Wireless Internet access is also available in the CCLA Library. CCLA Members have access to wireless free of charge, and other users may purchase access at the library's front desk. Please refer to the CCLA's Membership section for more information about membership, access, and pricing.


    Photocopying and Faxing

    The CCLA has recently implemented a new system for printing/photocopying at the library. With this new system, any copy cards and CCLA membership cards received before October 18, 2019, will need to be converted and any funds can be transferred over. Please come visit us during staff hours to make this change to your card.

    Photocopiers are available for use in the library and are activated by inserting a copy card. The regular rate for copies is $0.25/page + HST. Individuals not wishing to purchase their own copy card may borrow a staff copy card from the front desk as needed. Copies made on the staff card will be charged immediately to either the individual or their firm account.

    Printing from the library computers requires you to use a pre-paid copy card to release the prints. Instructions on how to release prints can be found at each computer and in the copy room. 

    Clients may send and receive faxes via the fax machine located in the library’s photocopy room. The rates for sending and receiving faxes are as follows:

    To send a fax:

    Local – $0.50 / page + HST
    Long Distance – $2.00 / page + HST

    To receive a fax:

    Up to 5 Pages – $2.00 + HST

    Subsequent pages – $0.50 / page + HST

    Payment for copies and faxes is made at the front desk. Clients may pay immediately or charge the amount to their firm’s CCLA account. Payment options at the library include debit, VISA, Mastercard, and AMEX. We do not accept cash.


    CCLA Fiction Library

    All books from the CCLA Fiction Library have a three week loan period and must be signed out by a library staff member at the front desk.

    For a listing of books, please click here to view the catalogue.