Law Library

The Law Library serves Faculty of Law students and staff at the University's Pipitea Campus. The Law Library occupies the south-west wing of the historic Old Government Building.

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There is one bookable study room on each level of the Law Library (excluding the ground floor), Old Government Building.

About Us

Study Zones

To accommodate your study needs, the Law Library's study spaces have been divided into two zones. Green zones are for group work and conversation. Blue zones are for quiet, individual study. Please respect your fellow library users and adhere to the zone rules.

There are green and blue zones on level 1 and 2 of the Law Library. Level 3 is blue zone only.

You may bring covered drinks and cold snacks into the Law Library. Hot food is not permitted; please be considerate of your fellow students and restrict hot food to the common room.

Facilities

The Law Library has the following facilities for your use:

  • The service point is on the ground floor, along with a discovery station and express PC. Ask here if you need assistance locating material or using the collection and spaces. Interloans can be collected here.
  • Three bookable group study rooms are available. Bookings can be made online via the Library website. Additional collaborative spaces are available in the green zones on each floor.
  • The Reading Room adjacent to the north entrance, houses the 2 hour loan course reserves collection, requested items (holds), theses and the new resources display. There are also study tables and casual seating, along with a photocopier/printer and self-check-out machine.
  • Te Kauwae Parāoa, the Māori and Pasifika space at the Law Library, is located in room GB234.
  • Photocopiers/printers are located in the book rooms on levels 1, 2 and 3 and in the Reading Room on the ground floor. 
  • A DocuPOS machine for adding credit to your account for printing and photocopying is located on the ground floor opposite the service point, or you can add credit through the online payment system or at the service point.
  • Research assistance can be obtained from the Law Subject Librarians in room GB25, or email to arrange an appointment (law-reference@vuw.ac.nz). Please ask at the service point for general enquiries and help with using the Library.
  • Student computing suites (on each floor).
  • The University wireless network may be accessed throughout the Library. Due to the architecture of the Old Government Building and its heritage nature some areas of the Library may have limited coverage.

Access to the Old Government Building and the Law Library requires a current Victoria University ID card. If staff experience problems with access cards, please email campus-care@vuw.ac.nz for assistance. If students experience problems with access cards, please email enrolment-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

See our opening hours for the year.

Collections

The Law Library has a core collection which supports the learning and research needs of staff and students in addition to the special collections.

New resources displays are on display for a week at each Library, showcasing recent additions to our physical collections. 

The United Nations Collection

The Law Library is the home of the University's United Nations collection. As a full depository the Library receives copies of all documents produced by the principal organs of the United Nations: the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Security Council, the Secretariat, and the Trusteeship Council. The Library also receives copies of United Nations 'sales publications' — more substantial monographs and reports produced by the United Nations or its agencies.

Our Staff

The friendly team at the Law Library.

Subject Librarians provide specialised research support to staff and students. Contact them to arrange a one on one session.

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