The COVID-19 situation is a challenging one for the provision of services. The Courts have significantly curtailed cases, restricting activities to emergency matters. Many other organizations have moved to work at home protocols, including the Law Society of Ontario and the Public Service, specifically the Ministry of the Attorney General.

On behalf of the LIRN Board and the shareholders of LIRN (Law Society of Ontario, Federation of Ontario Law Associations and the Toronto Lawyers Association), we are urging all local law libraries to move to either unstaffed or closed status, if they have not already done so. During this period, licensees will be encouraged to seek legal information and case law online from CanLII and other online sources. For those libraries that permit security card access, and where the court house remains open to licensees, that access to library materials may be available.

Quarterly grants from the Law Society to county libraries will be distributed as budgeted and scheduled. 

Library team members should contact [email protected] with any questions regarding ongoing business obligations, financial matters or operational issues.

In keeping with public health authorities’ advice, we appreciate your support to ensure that our licensees and library teams remain healthy and safe and that local law libraries are doing their part to flatten the curve of the virus.

LibraryCo in now on LinkedIn!

We have set up a LinkedIn company page with the hopes of sharing content and buiding connections. You can access our page in LinkedIn by keying ”LibraryCo” in the search bar. You can also click on this LinkedIn logo. Please follow us on LinkedIn!

2014 Budget Process and Instructions for the County and District Law Libraries

Every association should have received these instructions together with an attached budget template. The templates have been customized for each association. As per the memorandum, submission of a budget for 2014 is now optional. Associations wishing to submit a budget should do so by July 11, 2013.