The Law Library provides a range of services for Melbourne Law School staff and students, University of Melbourne staff and students, and the general public.
The Law Library service points are on level 3 of Melbourne Law School. The staff at the Loans Desk can assist you with information about borrowing, fines and discussion rooms. The staff at the Information Desk can assist you with legal research, such as how to use legal databases and recommendations regarding how to plan your research.
Contact details for specific Law Library staff members is available on the contacts page.
The Law Library provides access to a wide range of collections
You can use the Catalogue to search the Library's collection, and find information on how to access the items you are looking for (using location information, call numbers and request options if the book is out on loan). Items in electronic format are linked to directly from the Catalogue.
- Discovery -
Discovery is a search interface which you can use to find books, articles and resources located both in the library and beyond. You can use it to search for exam papers, course readings, books, e-books, journal and newspaper articles, as well as other resources.
- Digital Repository
The Digital Repository is a centrally administered library service for managing University of Melbourne digital resources from individual items required for course delivery to large collections that are of cultural or scholarly significance. The Repository contains digital objects including research papers, theses, journal articles, past exams, books and book chapters, maps, video and audio recordings, photos etc.
- Rare Books
The Law Library has a Rare Books collection, comprising rare legal items dating back to the early 1600s. You can search our Rare Book collection using the Catalogue.
- New books
View a list of new books purchased by the Law Library.
- Past Exams and Readings Online
View the Past Exams and Readings Online.
Collection Location and Usage
Click to view information about Collection Location and Usage
Legal History Resources Online
The history of Melbourne's legal profession, and online resource.
Selected databases most useful for legal research alphabetically.View
- By Type
Selected databases most useful for legal research by type.View
- By Subject
Selected databases most useful for legal research by subject.View
- By Jurisdiction
Selected databases most useful for legal research by jurisdiction.View
Helpful databases for research that crosses over into other disciplines.
An extensive US based service featuring a range of resources covering many areas of the law and taxation. Includes regulatory news and publications.
MLS Legal Scholarship Database
MLS faculty scholarship database, holding work published between 1857 and 2000. Browse the list of former faculty members to see their work, or search the database by keyword, below.
The library provides access to a range of tools that can help you with research and writing.The links to legal research tools on this page can assist you in correct referencing and organisation of references, using reference management software EndNote and RefWorks, legal output styles legal abbreviations listings and citations guides.
The library also provides monthly updated information about new legal research publications.
For mobile device users, we have a listing of the current mobile legal software applications, for Android and iOS (Apple devices).
Levels 3, 4, and 5 (entrance on level 3)
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham St, Carlton 3053
(Melway Reference: Map 2B 9C)
Contact the Library Staff
Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact us.
Rules of the Library
Read the rules that need to be followed when using the Law Library.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
View some of the commonly asked questions.
Ask a Question
Do you need assistance with legal research? If so, you can contact us via these means:
Book a research consultation
Come and see a librarian at the Law Library Information Desk, the hours during semester are:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 6pm - 9pm