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


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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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.

The library is open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am–5.30pm, and is 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.

New Material

Browse recent additions to the LIV Library collection on the New Material page.

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

Legal Research Services

  • Legal Archives – The LIV can help locate historical records or documents through the LIV Legal Archives service.
  • Legal Research & Document Supply Services  – Click the link to submit a request for the LIV Library's legal research and document supply services.
  • Legal Research Training  – Learn how to avoid common mistakes, research effectively, make the most of free resources and more with legal research training from the experts at the LIV.

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

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  • Lexis Red Digital Loans

    Access Lexis Red digital looseleaf items via the LIV Library. Titles available for short loan include: Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms & Precedents; Court Forms, Precedents and Pleadings Victoria; and, Wills Probate and Administration Victoria.

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  • Making the Most of Free Resources

    The most popular of the LIV library’s research sessions, this workshop is designed for those who want to find out what useful information is available to them at no cost. This workshop will also give you a better idea of what the limitations of certain sites are.

    Thu 19 Sep - 02:00 PM
    LIV Library

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

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  • Current Case Law Resources

    This training session is ideal for lawyers who want to learn new ways of finding case law, including how to navigate the websites and databases you have access to as an LIV member and which law reports are available.

    Tue 15 Oct - 10:00 AM
    LIV Library

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

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  • 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 Members' Floor

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

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