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Local libraries do not carry big collections of law books, but they will have some basic law books.

Some libraries can often borrow a book from another library and then lend it to you. If you need help or can’t find a book, ask a librarian to help you.

Below is is a list of law libraries in Victoria that are open to the public. All courts have a basic collection of law books and might let you read their books at the court.

  • State Library of Victoria
    328 Swanston Street
    Melbourne 3000
    Tel: 8664 7000.
    Every day – 10am to 6pm
    (Closed on some public holidays)

  • Law Library Victoria (Supreme Court of Victoria Library)
    210 William Street
    Melbourne 3000
    Tel: 8600 2009
    Monday to Friday – 9am to 5.00pm

All libraries offer Internet access, and library staff can help you find things online.

Costs and charges vary from library to library, but most things can be accessed or borrowed for free or low cost.

If you know you will need help, you can call or email the library and make an appointment with a librarian.

Also see Legal information for activists for more specific legal information for activists.

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