About the Library

NOTICE: In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Supreme Court of Canada Building is closed to external clients until further notice. Because of the situation, the library will not be able to offer inter-library loan service to other libraries, including request for electronic files.

If you have books or documents of ours that are overdue, you can still send them back to us by courier or regular mail. Our address is 301 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0J1.

The library will still be answering reference inquiries at library-bibliotheque@scc-csc.ca.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Library of the Supreme Court of Canada provides the research base for the Court in its role of deciding questions of national importance. It is a research library geared to meet the immediate information needs of the Court.

The Library has an extensive collection of both primary and secondary materials from the major common and civil law jurisdictions: Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, France and Belgium; a large collection of legal periodicals, loose-leaf services and major legal texts. Holdings are in print, microform and electronic format. Located on the third floor of the Supreme Court of Canada Building and in two floors of stacks, it is open to those pleading before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal, to the Canadian judiciary, to members of the Bar and to others by permission. Hours of service are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The Library closes at 4:00 p.m. Friday in July and August.

Access to the collection is provided by the Library catalogue. Subject to the needs of the Court, assistance in the use of the Library and its resources are provided to external users. A public pay photocopier is available.

Members of the bar and others at the discretion of Library staff may borrow selected material from the Library for 24 hours. Extended loans of selected material can be arranged through the Library's interlibrary loan service.

How to contact us

Supreme Court of Canada Library
301 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Email: library-bibliotheque@scc-csc.ca