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2020/21 Membership Year

Your membership is due for renewal by 30 June 2020. 

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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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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

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.

COVID-19 Update

The LIV Library is closed to external visitors until further notice. During this period, LIV Library services and support available to LIV members and members of the legal profession include:

  • Remote access to databases, catalogue search and other resources contact the Library team on (03) 9607 9360 or
  • Borrowing – The return due date for all items currently on loan has been extended until our office reopens. New requests for borrowing of hard copy books will not be taken until further notice
  • Archive service – we will be suspending the online archive requests service from today due to the closure of the LIV Office. For urgent requests, contact – these will be assessed on a case by case basis
  • Document supply service and research service – online requests have been suspended. Members should contact the Library on with requests which will be assessed on a case by case basis, subject to availability of the research databases.
  • Legal Research Training – postponed until further notice
  • Law Institute Journal – to access to archived issues of the LIJ please contact the Library on (contains full text articles from July 2002 to April 2016)


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.

Legal Research Services

  • Legal Archive Service – The LIV can help locate historical law firms or lawyers through the LIV Legal Archive 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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