Reopening the Library

When the government of Manitoba declared an emergency several weeks ago, we closed the Great Library and began working from home. Surprisingly, or not, we’ve been able to do an amazing amount of work using electronic sources. What we haven’t been able to offer is temporary office space for lawyers while in the courthouse.

Planning to reopen the library is a challenge. It’s a semi-public space with a lot of high-touch surfaces. We have to keep staff safe as well as our clients. Any print materials must be quarantined before someone else can touch them. All people entering will have to ensure they are healthy, sanitize their hands at the entrance, and limit the amount of movement they do in the library.

We hope to have our plan in place to reopen on May 25th with limited access to lawyers and the judiciary only. Stay tuned!

Closure of the Great Library

Effective immediately, the library will be closed and staff will be working remotely. Lawyers who are at the Courts may enter the library by asking security staff to let them in.

Please email us at library@lawsociety.mb.ca and be sure to review the resources available behind the Member’s Portal. You now have access to British law under the vLex subscription, as well as Canadian and U.S. decisions and commentary.

Please stay healthy and we will be back to full service as soon as possible.

The Great Library and COVID-19

The Manitoba Courts have restricted access to the courts as a proactive measure to reduce and slow down the spread of COVID-19. While the Great Library will remain open, members may prefer to take advantage of our services remotely.

We can scan or download sections of texts and email them to you, subject to copyright restrictions. If you require a complete text, we can prepare it for pickup at the staff entrance on Kennedy. Please contact us by phone or email and we would be happy to help.

This is the time to take advantage of all the resources available to you behind the Member’s Portal. We subscribe to several collections of e-books, the Rangefindr sentencing digest, HeinOnline and the vLex caselaw database.

We will continue to distribute the newsletters in our Current Awareness collection. We know your work doesn’t stand still, and we will support you in whatever way we can. Please contact us by phone (204-945-1958) or email (library@lawsociety.mb.ca).

Library Closure

The Great Library will be closed on Monday, February 17th for Louis Riel Day.

Louis Riel Day

Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, Februrary 18th.

After hours access is available for lawyers by showing their Fast Track card and signing in at the security desk at the Kennedy Street staff entrance. After hours access is 4:30 – 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekends and statutory holidays.