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Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address

219 Kennedy St
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 1S8 - MAP

Telephone: 204-942-5571
Facsimile: 204-956-0624

Staff Email Addresses



Information Services

The Great Library offers a full range of legal information services to the profession, as well as basic assistance to the general public.



Case Law
Computer Searches
Internet Resources
Manual Research
Circulation to Court
Interlibrary Support
Photocopy and Document Delivery

Library staff are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. They are very experienced, and are committed to ongoing education to keep up to date with all legal information products.

For further information, you can contact the Great Library by:

Phone: (204) 945-1958
Facsimile: (204) 948-2138
Regular mail: Room 331 - 408 York Avenue, Winnipeg R3C 0P9

and E-mail:

Garth Niven, Chief Librarian

Ron Rennie, Library Assistant


Our Manitoba Judgments Database is an automated INDEX to all judgments from all Manitoba courts released since 1970. These Manitoba judgments are only available in print form at the present time. The Great Library receives copies of all print judgments from the courts, and indexes them by style of cause, cases and statutes judicially considered, subject, and whether they are reported in a popular case report series such as the Manitoba Reports. Great Library staff will assist you to use this database on our public access computers.

At such time as electronic judgments are made available from the Manitoba courts, the library's automated index to the judgments will still be available, to provide access to the older (print) judgments.

The library also has reported decisions from all other Canadian provinces and territories, the Canadian federal courts, and some tribunals. The library maintains bookmarks of internet links to case law from other countries.

Library staff can locate a particular case (computerized or in print, reported or unreported), verify a citation, determine statutes or cases judicially considered, search for related cases on the same point of law or subject, or look for an internet site or link.


The Great Library contains complete holdings of current and historical statutes and regulations for Manitoba and Canada, plus selective legislative materials from other provinces and territories.

Library staff can locate legislation, update it or track its history, consult the status of Manitoba bills, verify a citation, or look for an internet site or link.


The Great Library 's Automated Legal Information Service (ALIS) provides the legal profession with material from a variety of databases, products, and internet sites. This service is not provided to the general public.

In general, searches are performed in the order in which they are received, and usually within a day of receipt. The results of the search depend on the complexity of the subject and the databases searched, the amount of information generated, and the transmission costs charged by the database vendors. The library absorbs all these charges, no matter which electronic databases or products are accessed.

However, you will be charged for printing the results of a computer search, whether you do the search yourself in the Great Library, or the library staff prints search results for you. The cost is 20 cents per page (including GST), the same as our charge for photocopying. The computer searches themselves continue to be free of charge.

The Great Library has several computers available for your use, some of which are dedicated to the Internet, QUICKLAW and Lexis Nexis access for lawyers' use, due to the provisions of the electronic licence agreements we have signed with the publishers. Library staff can show you how to use our Manitoba Judgments Database, the Statutes and Regulations of Canada on CD-ROM, QL (QUICKLAW), DART (a CD-ROM product from Western Legal Publications), and other automated services. End-user training and access are provided on a more limited basis to the general public.

The automated catalogue of courthouse library collections still is under development. Please contact Great Library staff for further information.


The Great Library looks constantly for legal web sites established around the world. Some of the library's public access computers are dedicated to internet access for lawyers' use. The most relevant web sites (e.g. The Supreme Court of Canada) have been "bookmarked" on these computers. Library staff can help you find the internet sites which are most relevant to your search topic.


Most of the library's wealth of legal collections still are in print format. Library staff can help you find both current and historical information on a wide range of topics.


Current members of The Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba judiciary, law and articling students are eligible to borrow Great Library books for use in court or judges chambers only. Approval of any other request is at the discretion of the Chief Librarian. There is no charge for this service.


This service is available to current members of The Law Society of Manitoba and the judiciary only. If the Great Library does not have the item you seek in its own collections, library staff will try to obtain the item on loan (or a photocopy if applicable) from another law library. The client is responsible for any charges levied by the other lending library, and for returning the book to the Great Library by the due date.


The Great Library provides clients with a single copy of various documents such as judgments, legislation, articles from selected legal journals, etc. The general public must do their own photocopying, and, as applicable, their own computer searches and printing.

Click here to obtain a GREAT LIBRARY ORDER FORM to request a photocopy, a computer printout, or material to be sent by e-mail, if permitted. You can download the form, or print it for future use. Just fill in the item(s) you need, plus your name and contact information, and fax or e-mail it to the Great Library.

Fax: (204) 948-2138

This form must be used for all photocopy requests, requests for computer printing or e-mail from the Great Library.


Single copies of documents are provided to the legal profession and the judiciary, subject to the provisions of the current Copyright Act, Bill C-32 and its Regulations. Any request for multiple copies will be handled at the discretion of the Chief Librarian.

Regulations under the Copyright Act were proclaimed on September 1, 1999. These Regulations require the library to find out from each client the purpose for requesting the library staff to make the photocopy, i.e. for research and study purposes only. Library staff will not photocopy documents for other purposes, since this is contrary to the Copyright Act.

The Regulations also require the library to keep a record of each document it photocopies for a client, and to post copyright notices by each library photocopier which advise clients of their legal obligations under the Copyright Act, when they make their own photocopies.

The first page of each photocopy provided to you by library staff will contain a special stamp concerning Copyright. Documents will be delivered by courier in Winnipeg (at the client's expense); by facsimile (outside Winnipeg, or if an emergency inside Winnipeg), and by regular mail. Documents can sometimes be delivered by e-mail or other electronic means, if there are no Copyright Act or other licence restrictions.

For SELF-SERVE (Do-It-Yourself) photocopying and computer printing, the Great Library sells debit cards during regular business hours (8:30-4:30, Monday to Friday) when the library is staffed. Library staff are not liable for any self-serve copying done by clients on library photocopiers or computer printers.

Great Library fees for photocopy, computer printing, facsimile and e-mail services (including GST) are listed below:


  1. SELF-SERVE (Do-It-Yourself) PHOTOCOPYING AND COMPUTER PRINTING - 20 cents per page using debit cards, which are sold in $20, $50 and $90 values.

    CUSTOM PHOTOCOPYING AND COMPUTER PRINTING BY STAFF is done in accordance with the Copyright Act.
    In Winnipeg - 40 cents per page; minimum charge $4.00. If payment is made later, invoice charge is $3.00. Pick-up by courier at the client's expense, or sent by mail.
    Outside Winnipeg - 20 cents per page; minimum charge $2.00. No invoice charge.


  2. FACSIMILE (Legal Profession Only)
    Outside Winnipeg: 40 cents per page plus $5.00 service charge. Long distance charges are included. The invoice accompanies the fax transmission. This service is provided to the legal profession in Winnipeg on an emergency basis only.


  3. E-MAIL (Legal Profession Only)
    The Great Library email address is You are sending this message to the Library Assistant at the Great library.

    Charges: $5.00 service charge, plus $0.40 per page.

    NOTE: We will calculate the approximate number of printed pages for any electronic materials without proper pagination.

    Use of the Great Library's e-mail service must conform to copyright provisions and to each electronic licence we have signed with publishers or other vendors.

    NOTE: The Great Library reserves the right to limit the number of items or pages which it will photocopy, print, e-mail or fax, and to restrict copying from rare, brittle or other delicate material. A photocopy will be provided if the material is not suitable for fax or e-mail.


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