Middlesex Law Association
Business Address: 80 Dundas Street, London, Ontario N6A 6A1
Phone Number: 519-679-7046
Key Contact: Cynthia Simpson, Shabira Tamachi
Web site: http://www.middlaw.on.ca/
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Audience Served: The library serves over 800 lawyers, articling students and courthouse officials in London and Middlesex County.
Circulation Policy: Members may borrow texts for two days and law reports for 24 hours. Other items may be borrowed at the librarians discretion.
Special Collections: The library has legislation for almost all Canadian jurisdictions dating back to Confederation as well as an extensive collection of materials relevant to the practice of law in Ontario. Middlesex also houses a large historical British case law and legislation collection.
Accessibility: The library, lawyers lounge and locker room space is fully accessible as per courthouse standards.
Library Type: Regional
History: The Middlesex Law Association was established in 1879 and found its first home in the picturesque county courthouse and jail whose architecture was modeled after the original Castle Malahide in Dublin, complete with turrets and parapets. The MLA has been in the current courthouse since it opened in 1974. After 32 years on the 6th floor, it moved within the building to the ground floor in 2006.
Facility: The association moved into its new suite on the ground floor of the courthouse at the end of 2006. It is one of the largest county courthouse libraries in terms of floor space and its collection is the third largest in the province. The MLA suite houses the library along with new locker rooms and lawyers lounge space. Lockers for visiting lawyers are available for day use. The entire library and lounge space has wireless internet access.