Faculty of Law

The Victoria Law Library

The Law Library at Victoria is an outstanding feature of the Faculty’s dedication to teaching and research.

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Address and Contact Details

Location: Old Government Buildings, 55 Lambton Quay
General Enquiries: Tel: 04 463 6372 Law Library
Subject Librarians: law-reference@vuw.ac.nz Tel: 04 463 6371

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Opening Times

You can view the calendar of library opening hours on the main Library site.

Law Library hours for 1st and 2nd Trimester 2013 are as below:

Trimesters 1 and 2, 2013

Monday Thursday: 8.00 am – 11.30 pm (Law Issues Desk closes at 9.00pm)
Friday: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday: 12.00 pm – 11.30 pm (Law Issues Desk closes at 9.00pm)

Summer Trimester Hours

Law Library Hours will be posted on the main VUW Library website.

The Law Library is closed on Statutory and Public Holidays.

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About The Library

Victoria's Law Library, which occupies the southern half of the Old Government Buildings, holds an extensive collection of primary and secondary sources for the study of New Zealand law. Other resources include statutes and reports from the major common law jurisdictions and some Pacific Island countries, as well as a substantial international law collection. The Library's collection of 100,000 volumes includes 28,000 treatises.

The Law Library provides access to many New Zealand and overseas online databases to students and staff. Reference assistance for both hard copy and digital resources can be obtained from the Subject Librarians.

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Student Facilities and Training

The Law Library has spacious study seating for 300 in study rooms, group-study rooms and book rooms. Facilities include 46 computers for undergraduate use, 25 for postgraduate use and 7 shared by postgraduate and honours law students. These provide access to databases, word-processing programmes, and the Internet. A database training room, with a further 18 PCs, serves as a computing suite when it is not used for training.

Training for graduate students is offered at the start of each term as part of the legal research requirement, and training for second and third year students is included as part of their regular studies. Individual and small group training is available by arrangement with the Subject Librarians. It is strongly recommended that you contact them for training and assistance well before assignments are due.

Other Libraries

The location of the Law Library in Wellington's government and court sector permits easy access to other libraries nearby. The National Library and the National Archives are several minutes' walk from the Law Library; both have resources and public reading rooms that may be used by law students.

The International Documents collection of the Parliamentary Library is also close by, and materials may be used by appointment with Parliament's International Documents Librarian.

Permission to access the collections at the NZLS – Wellington Library can be arranged via your VUW Law Library Subject Librarians.