Find case law, legislation, forms and precedents, information about legal practices, study resources and a range of legal journals to support your research.


Members get exclusive access to several online databases and receive discounts on research services conducted by experienced LIV librarians.

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Attend training workshops that enable you to achieve successful outcomes, whether you are just starting out in the law or have been practising for years.

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LIV Library

LIV library services are only available to LIV members and members of the legal profession. Members of the public are able to access legal library resources at Victoria Legal Aid.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9am–5pm
Closed on weekends and public holidays


Library borrowing is available to practising full members, associate members and honorary members of the LIV. The standard loan period is 14 days, with a single one week extension available unless the item has been reserved by another member.

Items borrowed are the responsibility of the member. A replacement and administration charge per item will be payable on items not returned within three weeks of the due date.

On-Site Facilities

  • Wide range of online legal databases.
  • PCs with free internet access and commonly used software.
  • Private study carrels with power for laptops.
  • Training room equipped with PCs, whiteboard, and projection screen.
  • Wireless internet access.
  • Photocopiers.
  • Members lounge.
  • Staff assistance and advice in the use of resources.


LIV Library
LG floor, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
T: 03 9607 9360
F: 03 9607 9359

Upcoming Research Workshops View All Activities

  • Customised Research Training

    Inquire about receiving one-on-one training with using the internet or refreshing your skills as a legal researcher. Customised in-house sessions for groups can also be arranged with our expert training librarian.

    LIV Library

    470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I have documents sent to me?

    Yes, LIV members can request up to five documents to be sent per day free of charge.

    Download a Document Supply request form.

  • Can non-members borrow from the LIV library?

    No, borrowing is only available to LIV practising, honorary and associate members.

  • How much does it cost to have the LIV library locate a form or precedent for me?

    Standard service – within 24 hours $20 including all documentation*.
    Express service – within 1 hour $33 plus $20 including all documentation*.

    Visit the Research Services & Databases page for more information and to request assistance.

    *No citation required for this service.

    An invoice will be generated for payment. The LIV no longer accepts credit card information via email due to credit card security requirements. Invoices can be paid by fax or mail, or phone 9607 9360 to provide your credit card details.

  • How do I lodge a research request and what does it cost?

    Standard service – within 24 hours (or three to seven days) $55*
    Express service – within 1 hour $33 plus $55*

    For more information and to lodge a request, visit the Research Services & Databases page.

    *Includes all documentation

    An invoice will be generated for payment. The LIV no longer accepts credit card information via email due to credit card security requirements. Invoices can be paid by fax or mail, or phone 9607 9360 to provide your credit card details.

  • Can the library help locate historical legal records or documents held by a legal firm that has now closed?

    Yes, the LIV library can help locate historical records or documents through the LIV Legal Archives service. This service is available to LIV members, legal professionals and the community to assist you in locating a range of files and information from former legal practices and solicitors. We aim to respond within seven (7) working days*.

    The LIV Library department responds to queries about contact details for solicitors and law firms, and queries about the location of deeds and wills where firms have closed. We aim to respond to all requests within seven working days.

    Requests must be lodged on the appropriate online or hardcopy form. Please complete a separate form for each specific item (ie firm/name, deed or will) to be researched. Please note payment is required in advance for both types of services.

    Information sources utilised in processing archive research requests come primarily from legal directories, information supplied by practitioners when notifying of practice changes, or closures and information held by the Law Institute of Victoria.

    Research is limited to those resources held by, or available to, the LIV. Our researchers will cover every available resource which pertains to your specific request. Please note this is payable in advance and is non-refundable.