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.
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|In the Library, or anywhere if you are a NSW resident with a Library card|
|Only in the Library - a Library card is required|
|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.
Using the State Library Collection
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|Friday||9 am to 5 pm|
|Weekends||10 am to 5 pm|
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