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Getting started

This guide will help you learn about doing legal research, finding cases, legislation and commentary about the law on a subject or topic.  You will also find a useful introduction to the Australian legal system.

You will need to sign up for a Library card to use many of the resources in this guide.

We've added icons next to each resource so you know where you can use them.

In the Library, or anywhere with a Library card icon In the Library, or anywhere if you are a NSW resident with a Library card
Only in the Library icon Only in the Library - a Library card is required
Publicly available icon Publicly available - you don't need a Library card

Legal information at the Library

This Guide has been developed by staff of the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of NSW. The State Library holds an extensive collection of case law, legislation and looseleaf publications.

LIAC provides quality legal information to NSW communities through the public library network, the dedicated  Find Legal Answers website and by working collaboratively with key agencies.


Opening hours

Reading room opening hours
Monday to Thursday    9 am to 8 pm
Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Weekends 10 am to 5 pm
Opening hours may vary on public holidays. View opening hours.

Contact us

State Library of NSW
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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