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Resources of the Middlesex Law Association
Practice Resource Centre

Founded in 1879, the Middlesex Law Association Practice Resource Centre serves over 900 members and is one of finest County Law Libraries in Ontario, both in terms of premises and collection size. The Centre is administered by an elected Board of Trustees and owes its success to continued support from both current and honourary members. Its primary patrons are Class L1 and L2 LSO members, the judiciary, courthouse staff and is not open to members of the public. The Mayer Lerner Lounge contains lounge seating plus a boardroom table, TV, and a kitchenette attached to it. The lounge can be reserved by completing an application form available from library staff. The entire MLA suite also has wireless internet access.

Hours of Operation:
The Practice Resource Centre is staffed Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:30 and open to Class L1 and L2 LSO members, their staff and students. After-hours access for MLA members is arranged by signing in at the Courthouse security desk and entering the key code to unlock the door.  Check with the PRC to obtain the members-only key code.

Reference and Information Services
Experienced library staff are available to answer reference questions, advise on research strategy, and provide assistance in locating and using library resources. Assistance can be obtained in person, by phone or email. We can also be reached by phone toll-free at 1-866-556-5570 or through the MLA Chat Reference service on our website.

Reference Staff:    Cynthia Simpson, BA (Hon), MLIS
                            Shabira Tamachi, BA (Hon), LIT

The Print Collection
The collection is listed in the online catalogue, AdvoCAT, which can be accessed through the icon on the desktop of each workstation in the library, or by choosing Library Resources on the MLA website. A list of new titles is included in our article in the monthly MLA newsletter and these books are displayed in the front area of the library.

Texts and Periodicals
- 1,700 Canadian and British titles
- over 50 looseleaf services from all major Canadian legal publishers
- print collection of 55 periodicals

Law Reports
Print collection of historical Canadian federal, provincial and subject reports
Print collection of historical British law reports and finding aids

- all up-to-date statutes and regulations available online
- print collection of historical statutes from all Canadian jurisdictions and Great Britain

- forms, precedents and dictionaries
- Criminal Codes and Rules of Civil Procedure

Electronic Resources:
All of our electronic products are available free of charge to Class L1 and L2 LSO members in good standing. Users are responsible for paying the print charge only, at .25 per page. Instruction and assistance is available from the librarians and they can also do searches for a fee of $1.00 per minute service charge ($10.00 minimum), plus print charge and HST.

All computers in the library are equipped with access to:

  • Lexis Advance Quicklaw from LexisNexis, including six practice areas (Criminal, Family, Litigation, Corporate/Commercial, Ontario Real Estate, and Employment), Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Canadian Forms & Precedents and Williston and Rolls Court Forms
  • WestlawNext including three Source products (Family, Criminal, and Estates&Trusts)
  • O’Briens Encyclopedia of Forms Online
  • Thomson Reuters ProView eReference texts
  • Hein Online
  • Divorcemate (funded by the Middlesex Family Lawyers Association)

Borrowing and Returns
Materials may be borrowed by MLA members in good standing, articling students, and by visiting lawyers for court use. In order to reduce loss of material and ensure availability for all members, users must sign out all materials they wish to borrow and return them promptly. Most materials can be borrowed for 48 hours with the exception of law reports which are for court use only and periodicals and reference materials which are for library use only. All books have a sign out card on the inside front cover. Materials without a card should be signed out in the sign-out book on the front counter of the Practice Resource Centre. All material is subject to immediate recall when required. Materials should be returned to the book bin or left at the front desk.

A full-service photocopier/printer/scanner is available in the Practice Resource Centre. Users can set up an account and debit from it for their printing and copying. There are telephones with multiple lines available for users throughout the space. We also offer a fax service for sending and receiving faxes at 519-672-5917. WIFI is accessible in the MLA facility and there is a bank of computers connected to the print system. Visiting lawyers can obtain a key at the front desk for day-use lockers in the locker rooms which are part of the Practice Resource Centre. There are two lounge areas, including the Mayer Lerner Lounge which is suitable for small meeting bookings, plus plenty of study space. We also have a range of donated court attire that may be borrowed for day use, a binding machine and a charging station for cell phones.