BC Courthouse Library cards now available

In January the BC Courthouse Library Society introduced a new circulation system in the Vancouver Courthouse Library. Under that system, all members of the Law Society, as well as judges, articled students, law clerks and librarians, must obtain a BCCLS library card to borrow materials or to access certain databases that will be introduced on the BCCLS website at the end of April.

Library books on shelvesTo receive a card, a lawyer should send a signed borrower card application form to the Vancouver Courthouse Library. Forms are available at courthouse libraries around the province or are downloadable from the BCCLS website at www.bccls.bc.ca/borcard_form.htm. Forms completed at the Vancouver Law Courts can be dropped off at the Circulation Desk; others can be returned by fax to (604) 660-2428.

For questions about library cards and the new circulation system at the Vancouver Courthouse Library, please contact the Circulation Desk at (604) 660-2838.

Please note that a Law Society membership card is still required for after-hours access to the courthouse library.

New BCCLS website ahead

BCCLS is updating its website to increase access to legal information resources. There will soon be free access via the website to various databases, including a local BC legal literature index, an index to BC unreported decisions and - for Law Society of BC members only - access to the family law judgments of the Supreme Court of BC. Launch date for the new website is planned for the week of April 28. Visit the site at www.bccls.bc.ca.

New hours in Kelowna and Nanaimo

BCCLS has extended regional library service hours in Kelowna and Nanaimo. The Kelowna library is now staffed on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., resulting in full-time staffing every weekday. In Nanaimo, staffing has been increased to include Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Staff is already available Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.