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LIV offices remain closed until further notice.

Though we are working remotely to support our members.

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Though the library is temporarily closed, and borrowing is unavailable, electronic items remain available. Contact us to request digital versions of items in our catalogue.


Members benefit from remote access to several online databases. Find full text legal articles and obtain short loans on a range of materials and forms.

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FAQs about library services and loan periods, how to access databases remotely, the document supply service, research support and more.

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LIV Library: Holiday Closure & Changes to Service

Holiday closure

The LIV wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. Please note, our team are taking a break for the holidays. Library staff and services will be unavailable from 5pm on 22 December 2020, resuming at 9am on 11 January 2021.

Changes to services effective 11 January 2021

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

The physical library will remain closed to external visitors in January 2021. However, digital resources are accessible to LIV members 24/7 and the library team are available via phone (03 9607 9360) or email ( Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

COVIDSafe borrowing

Click & Post: From 11 January, the LIV library's collection will be available for postal delivery to eligible LIV members. The standard loan period has been extended to 21 days. Once returned, all items will be quarantined for 3 days. See the library's online catalogue to browse the collection or the Library FAQs for additional information.

Items borrowed pre-closure: If you borrowed an item before the library closed in March 2020, your loan has been extended to 1 February 2021. As the library remains temporarily closed, please return books by post (PO Box 263, Melbourne VIC 3001) or DX (LIV Library, DX 350, Melbourne)

Digital collection eLending

Eligible LIV members can continue to access Lexis Red digital looseleaf items and CCH eBooks for a short loan of 2 days. Visit the Remote Access Databases page to learn more.

Legal archive service

Online archive requests remain temporarily suspended. For urgent requests, email These will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Document supply service & legal research service

Online requests for these services remain temporarily suspended. Members can contact the LIV Library via email on with requests, which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, subject to availability of the research databases.

New eMaterial

Browse recent additions to the LIV Library's digital collection on the New eMaterial page.

Law Institute Journal

Access archived issues of the LIJ (contains full text articles from July 2002 onward).

Legal Research Services (temporarily suspended)


LIV Library
Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Post: PO Box 263, Melbourne VIC 3001
DX: LIV Library, DX 350, Melbourne
T: 03 9607 9360
F: 03 9607 9359

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  • Lexis Red Digital Loans – New Titles Added

    Access Lexis Red digital looseleaf items via the LIV Library. Titles available for short loan include: Australian Uniform Evidence Law: Principles and Context, Criminal Procedure in Australia and Wills Probate and Administration Victoria.

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