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Loans desk   Books in the High Use Collection   Sir Harry Gibbs Moot Court   Level 4 photocopying area

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 About Us

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The Walter Harrison Law Library is named after Walter Norwood Leslie Harrison, the Garrick Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law between 1948 and 1964.

The collection consists predominately of material from common law jurisdictions with an emphasis on Australian, in particular Queensland, and British resources.

The Law Library is located in the Forgan Smith Building, adjacent to the T.C. Beirne School of Law. The library space was expanded and the interior restored in 1989 with an award winning design by architect Robert Riddel. In 1999/2000 the Library was refurbished with the assistance of Wilson Architects to embrace electronic advances in information delivery and new approaches to teaching and learning.

The Law Library holds the University's main collection of Statutes and Law reports for Australia, the United Kingdom and selected other jurisdictions. The collection supports teaching and research in the Faculty of Business Economics and Law.

Links to electronic resources are provided via the Library's website. These include over 51,000 eJournals, 400,000 eBooks, and over 976 databases. Access to the global body of information is available through the internet.

Assistance in the use of information resources focuses on the specific needs of its clients.

There are 83 public-access computers throughout the Walter Harrison Law Library. These provide access to:

  • Library website
  • Email
  • Internet
  • Networked printing and copying
  • Online course materials
  • Software � Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Access
  • UQ network

 Contact Us

General Enquiries
Phone: +61 7 3346 4302

Loans Enquiries
Phone: +61 7 3346 4302

Document Delivery
Phone: +61 7 3365 6201

Fax   +61 7 3365 1552

Building number
1 (Western Wing), St Lucia campus

Postal address
Walter Harrison Law Library,
The University of Queensland,
St Lucia QLD 4072

Executive Manager
Roslyn Follett Roslyn Follett
Phone: 3346 4329

Manager, Law Library
Sue Macaulay Sue Macaulay
Phone: 3346 4301

Senior Librarian
Martin Cvelbar Martin Cvelbar
Phone: 3346 3693

Bernadette Maullin Bernadette Maullin
Phone: 3346 3693

Senior Library Assistants
Jeanette Shaw
Phone: 3346 3522

Scott Macintyre
Phone: 3346 3522

Debbie Arthur
Phone: 3346 3522

Louise Nimwegen
Phone: 3346 3522

Library Attendant
Julie Clarke
Phone: 3346 3693

Liaison LibrariansArea(s) of responsibility
Martin CvelbarMartin Cvelbar
   Phone: 3346 3693 
Law (Private)  
Sue MacaulaySue Macaulay
   Phone: 3346 4301 
Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA)  
Centre for Public, International & Comparative Law (CPICL)  
European Union Information Centre Librarian  
Law (International and Comparative)  
Law (Public)  
Marine & Shipping Law Unit (MASLU)  
Bernadette MaullinBernadette Maullin
   Phone: 3346 3693  
Law (Commercial)  
Law (Legal Theory and Research)  
Law (Litigation/Adjectival)  

Law Library Blog

Keep up to date with Law Library news and events via the Law Library Blog and give us your comments.

Location and Layout

Great Court

The Law Library occupies the western wing of the Forgan Smith Building (building 1 on the University map.) It is adjacent to the T.C. Beirne School of Law and the main entrance to the Library is from Level 2 (the Great Court level) of the building.

Information on parking (including casual parking) is available from the University's Traffic and Parking section.

For an overview of transport possibilities, visit About UQ --> Transport.

Level 2

Moot Court

On Level 2 you will find the Service Desk, the Book Collection, the High Use area, the Reference Collection and the Moot Court. In the High Use area you will find the High Use Collection, and the Reference Collection. Photocopiers are located in the High Use area and next to the book collection. Computers providing access to the Library Website, databases and internet, 2 network printers and a photocopy card vending machine are also available.

Level 3

Level 3 houses two eZones, one of which is named the Sir James Blair Room. One contains 20 computers, the other 21. There are also 10 additional computers on this level. Computers are also available in the group study rooms on this level. Laptop ports are available for network access.

There are individual study rooms and group study rooms which can be booked online.

Level 4

Level 4 houses the Journal Collection, the Reports and Statutes Collection, Past Exam Papers and Theses. There are also photocopiers, computers, a group study room and individual study rooms which can be booked online.

Two Law School seminar rooms (W408 and W409) are also located on this level.

Opening Hours

Semester Opening Hours
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Monday: 8am - 9pm ; Tuesday: 8am - 9pm ; Wednesday: 8am - 9pm ; Thursday: 8am - 9pm ; Friday: 8am - 5pm ; Saturday: 12noon - 5pm ; Sunday: 12noon - 5pm
For recorded opening hours - telephone (07) 3365 6703.

These hours vary during the July vacation and the Summer semester period.
Current opening hours are available from the Library website.

Legal Research Guide

The Legal Research Guide provides links to databases and internet sites relevant to the study of law. It is a good starting point for finding legal information.

Book returns

The Returns chute is situated in the Library Foyer, just outside the entrance to the Law Library. Keys must be returned to the Loans Desk.

If the foyer doors outside the Law Library are closed, use the main foyer doors and corridor of the Forgan Smith Building to access the returns chute.
This entrance is usually closed by 11pm each evening.

Computers and Email

The Walter Harrison Law Library provides 83 computers for accessing the Library website including the catalogue, databases, the internet, email and word processing software. A Digital Projector is available for use in the Law Library's group rooms - bookings can be made on the Facilities Booking System.

The Library is covered by a wireless network. Computers are also available in the group study rooms on Level 3.

Exhibitions and Displays

A display area is available on Level 2. Displays and exhibitions are used to promote Library and wider University activities.
The contact for exhibitions and displays is Sue Macaulay, Manager of the Law Library.


Lockers are located on Level 2. They may be borrowed for the whole day. Bookings can be made using the Facilities Booking System.

Laptop Recharge Lockers are located on Level 2. The loan period for a locker is 3 hours and bookings can be made online.

Study Areas

Reading Room

There are study areas available on Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the Walter Harrison Law Library.

There are 15 private study rooms available. Three (3) hour bookings may be made using the Facilities Booking System.

There are quiet discussion areas for group study on Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the Walter Harrison Law Library.

13 lockable desks are located on Level 4. Three (3) hour bookings may be made using the Facilities Booking System.

There are group study rooms on Levels 3 and 4 of the Walter Harrison Law Library. Two (2) hour bookings may be made using the Facilities Booking System.

General Collections

Resources include approximately:

  • 30,000 books
  • 60,000 journal, report and statute volumes
  • 1,000 current journal subscriptions

Many resources are also available electronically.

In addition to material from common law jurisdictions, the Law Library also collects in the areas of jurisprudence, intellectual property, international law, maritime law and Asian and comparative law. Other areas are constantly being developed to support new teaching and research initiatives.

For further information, see the Walter Harrison Law Library's Collection Development Policy.

Specialised Collections

Reports and Statutes

The Reports and Statutes collection, located on level 4, contains primary sources from all Australian and some overseas jurisdictions. It includes Legislation (Acts or Statutes), Subordinate Legislation (Rules, Regulations, By-Laws), and Law Reports (Published legal decisions).

European Union Information Centre (EUi)

EC Flag The University of Queensland was granted the status of European Documentation Centre (EDC) in 1995 with the objective of helping the University to:
  • "promote and consolidate teaching and research in the field of European integration", and to
  • "make information on the European Union and its policies available to the public, both in the University and elsewhere"
    (Article 4, EDC, Rules, annexed to agreement)

The name of the collection changed to EUi in 2007. Under the agreement between the University and the European Commission the EUi receives the majority of documents issued by the institutions of the Euopean Union. The supply of EUi deposit material commenced in 1996.

EUi material, located on Level 4, is available for loan in accordance with the Library borrowing conditions.

Loose-leaf Services

Loose-leaf services are collections of integrated resources, each covering a specific area of the law. They include commentaries on key issues in the area, often have the full text of key cases and legislation on the subject, and keep the reader up-to-date with recent developments in the field.

Most current loose-leaf services are located in the Reference Collection. Many are also available electronically. For details check the Library Catalogue.


WebLaw is a cooperative legal gateway maintained by a number of participating organisations, including the University of Queensland. It is a collection of subject guides to the law. Each guide contains links to carefully selected and annotated key Internet resources relevant to that subject area.

Suggest a Purchase

University of Queensland staff and students may suggest items to be added to the Library's collection.

Schools and Centres may also contact Sue Macaulay, Manager of the Law Library, to make a suggestion for purchase.

What's New


New print material is displayed in the Recently received Books and Journals area on Level 2 of the Walter Harrison Law Library.

A list of new material is available on the Library website. For information on the latest issue of a journal, search the Library Catalogue.

Disability Support

The Walter Harrison Law Library, Forgan Smith Building, is wheelchair accessible from the Great Court. All levels of the library are served by a lift.

There are lockers for clients with disabilities on Level 2 of the Walter Harrison Law Library.

There are three special needs rooms for students with disabilities in the Fryer Library.

More information can be found at Support for Users with Disabilities.

 Loan Enquiries and Pickups


Loan enquiries can be made in person at the Loans Desk on Level 2 of the Walter Harrison Law Library or by telephone or email.

Books requested through Document Delivery or placed on hold can be collected from the High Use area on Level 2.

Lost Property

Lost property is held for one week at the Loans Desk on Level 2 and then is given to Security.

Printing and Copying

The Walter Harrison Law Library provides copying facilities on levels 2 and 4, and network printing on Level 2.

All copying is subject to copyright restrictions.

There is an automatic card dispensing machine on Level 2 where copy cards can be purchased and value added to existing cards.

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