FAQs

Library access

Where are the New Zealand Law Society Libraries?

The NZLS research libraries are in the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch High Court buildings. Smaller branch libraries, with online access to materials, are located at High and District Courts throughout the country. See the contacts page for more detail.

Is after-hours access available?

After hours access is available at the research libraries and several other branch libraries.

How do I get access to District Court Libraries?

See the Contact the library pages for information about accessing the branch libraries.

I do not have a current practicing certificate – can I still get access to the Library?

Becoming an Associate member of the New Zealand Law Society with additional access to Library services allows a person access to the libraries. The Rules for Associate Membership state who may be eligible to become an Associate Member. Go to the Associate membership page.

Resources and services

What resources are available?

The NZLS Library has a comprehensive collection of hard copy New Zealand and Commonwealth legal resources.

The library also subscribes to an extensive online collection of LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters and CCH databases offering case law and commentary on all areas of New Zealand law. The online collection also includes some Australian, United Kingdom and Canadian resources. Databases are available to practitioners via NZLS computers in the research libraries and solicitors’ rooms in these courthouses.

Library holdings are listed in the library catalogue.

What services are available?

The Library provides research services, inter-library loans, training, and the hiring of gowns for court. Contact your closest research library for details.

How do I go about photocopying and printing?

See the copying page for details on use at the 4 main libraries.

How do I request research or document delivery?

For both research and document delivery you can either phone or email your nearest research library, or use the online form.

Can I take books out?

Books may be borrowed from the Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury Libraries only with the express approval of the Librarian or their representative. Books may be borrowed from the branch libraries for use in the courtrooms or Judges’ chambers of the court to which the Library is annexed.

How do I subscribe to the LINX database?

Members can access the LINX or Linxplus databases for free at the High Court and branch libraries, or subscribe to it online or on CD. For more information about LINX and how to subscribe see the LINX website.

Wigs and gowns

How do I hire a gown for court?

You can hire a gown for court from the Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury libraries.

How do I get a wig and gown for an admissions ceremony or other ceremonial occasion?

Wigs, gowns and bibs can be hired from the Auckland District Law Society Inc Store for all ceremonial occasions. Advance booking is essential. Email thestore@adls.org.nz or call 09-306 5740. See the ADLS Gown Hire page
In Wellington contact your local branch office.

Can I borrow a gown for a fancy dress party?

No. Sorry gowns are only available to practitioners for court.