Borrowing Guidelines

Who can borrow?

Due to COVID-19 book borrowing remains suspended, as is the ability to put holds on items.

Please see our Stay Current Page for most up to date information.

A valid Alberta Law Libraries card is required to borrow library materials. You may register for a card if you are:

  • a current member of the Law Society of Alberta in good standing, whether practicing or non-practicing, including articling students
  • a summer student or a transferring or out-of-province member of the bar
  • a special library

Apply for a library card

Loan periods

Textbooks, law reports and periodicals: 21 days


Textbooks, law reports and periodicals: Two 21-day renewals, if not required by another client.


You can place a hold on an item you want to borrow, whether or not it is currently on loan.  Placing a hold means that the current borrower will not be able to renew the item beyond the current due date.

Place holds online using My Account, or contact one of our libraries.

You will be notified by e-mail or by phone when your item is available.  Once they are available, books will be held for 5 days.

Fines, Fees, and Borrowing Privileges

Effective immediately Alberta Law Libraries will no longer be accepting cash, cheque or credit care payments for fines and fee payments that are invoiced to members. We are only able to accept e-transfer payments. Please email us with any questions –  We apologise for the inconvenience. 

To ensure that all clients have equitable access to our resources and to avoid long term retention of books, fines are levied on overdue books. Overdue and other library fees should be paid as soon as possible. Payments made by cheque are payable to Alberta Law Libraries.

Overdue fines: $1.00/day per item (maximum $25.00)

Lost item fee: $175.00 per item

Books not returned within 28 days of their due date will be assumed lost. Clients who lose or fail to return books, or who return books in damaged condition, will be levied accumulated overdue fees plus the lost item fee.

Outstanding fees exceeding $49.00 will lead to a suspension of borrowing privileges. Once overdue books have been returned and fees paid, borrowing privileges are restored.

Clients should regularly check the status of their library account to ensure it is in good standing.  A statement is also e-mailed to clients at the end of each month.