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.

The library is open from Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, 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.

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

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  • Case Law

    Learn how to search for cases and their subsequent consideration; find cases and journal articles considering a section of an act; understand the strengths, weaknesses and content of AustLII, LexisNexis AU and Thomson Reuters; and more.

    Thu 03 Nov - 09:30 AM
    LIV Library

    Lower Ground, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne

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  • Making the Most of Free Resources

    Learn how to gather important legal information from free online and hard copy resources. At the end of this session you will be able to search for cases and their subsequent consideration, find cases considering a section of an act and much more.

    Tue 08 Nov - 02:00 PM
    LIV Library

    Lower Ground, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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  • Legal Research for Support Staff

    If you’re looking for hands-on, practical training in this area, this session will give you a solid foundation for being a great researcher in your role. Prepared by an experienced law librarian, this two-hour workshop is tailored for legal support staff and personal assistants.

    Tue 15 Nov - 10:00 AM
    LIV Library

    470 Bourke St, Melbourne

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  • Legislation

    At the end of this session you will know how to use the Victorian Legislation and ComLaw sites effectively, track bills and second reading speeches, and find authoritative and up-to-date legislation and commencement information.

    Thu 17 Nov - 09:30 AM
    LIV Library

    Lower Ground, 470 Bourke Street

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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 Library

    470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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