Research help

Librarians and staff at the Priestly Law Library primarily support the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.

We are also available to and welcome members of the wider UVic and local communities. All are welcome to use the Law Library space and most resorces, and to consult our Law Librarians for research help.

If you are a self-represented litigant or seeking legal information for personal reasons, please consult our Guide to legal information services in Victoria and the Courthouse Libraries of BC.

Visit the Research help desk

Visit the Research help desk at the Priestly Law Library. Librarians are available to help with research and citation questions:

Monday - Thursday

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday By appointment
Saturday Closed
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Book a research consultation

Can't make it during our Research help desk hours? Book a research consultation appointment with a law librarian outside our Research help desk hours. For an appointment, contact us at or call 250-472-5023.

Email a law librarian

for answers to your questions.

Call a law librarian

You may also call the Research help desk (250-721-8274) for research help.

Text a law librarian

Text your question and the word 'law' to 250-514-7085. Texting is great for those questions which need brief, immediate answers.


More options...

Consult our research guides to help you with specific legal topics.

The Law Library subscribes to multiple services which provide updates on particular areas of law. For a complete overview of available services see our Current Awareness and Alerting Resources guide.

Try these programs to lessen your research load:

  • Citation manager: Zotero
    • A database of bibliographic info, with full text.
    • Can export data into your Word footnotes or endnotes.
    • Automatically formats data according to the McGill Guide.
    • For training contact a law librarian at .
  • For collecting quotations, making notes: Evernote
    • Applications for iPad, iPhone, all browsers and all desktops.
    • Synchronization between platforms.
    • Easy text formatting.