County of Carleton Law Association

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Business Address:
161 Elgin Street Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2K1
Phone Number:
Key Contact:
Jennifer Walker, Head Librarian
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. 24 hour access is available for CCLA Members.
Audience Served:
1,400 private practice lawyers, judges, crowns and their articling students in Ottawa, and lawyers in the East Region.
Circulation Policy:
Non-circulating. The CCLA participates in interlibrary loan services for County and District Law Libraries.
Special Collections:
The CCLA library actively collects materials published in French. The collection also holds various different sets of English Nominative Reports, and an extensive collection of Canadian legislation, including Federal and Ontario legislation dating from pre-Confederation to the current day.
Wheelchair accessible
Library Type:
The library was founded by the County of Carleton Law Association in 1888 in Ottawa. During most of its history it was housed, with a Barristers Lounge, in a series of connected rooms at the old Courthouse at 2 Daly Avenue beside the old Ottawa Jail (now a youth hostel). The first library staff person was hired in 1889 at a salary of $0.75 per hour and the original four oak tables and nine wooden chairs remained in the library for over 100 years. The library moved to its present location at the new Ottawa Courthouse in November 1986 and was the first and only occupant of the building for some time, pending safety approval by the Fire Chief.
The library is located on the main floor of the Ottawa Courthouse, at the corner of Laurier Avenue and Elgin Street. There are large work tables, study carrels, and seating throughout the library. A free WiFi network is available for CCLA Members, in addition to a paid WiFi network for non-members (for rates and payment, see CCLA Library staff). The Barristers Lounge is adjacent to the library and the robing rooms are accessible using a staircase within the Barristers Lounge.