Lisa Allen
Assistant Librarian
Leonie Anderson
Technical Services Librarian
Emma Sellwood


Mon-Fri 8:30am to 5:30pm


The Association's Library is primarily for barristers who hold a current NSW practicing certificate and other members of the Bar Association.

Solicitor members should, in the first instance, seek assistance from the Law Society Library. If the Law Society cannot assist, then the member or the firm's library may request the item from the Bar Library. If a solicitor member of the Bar Association wishes to use the library, they are welcome to visit the Library and undertake their own research.

Interstate practitioner members should, in the first instance, employ the resources in their home jurisdiction. If they cannot assist, then the member may request the item from the Bar Library. Interstate practitioners are welcome to visit the library and undertake their own research.

The Library’s lending and research services are not available to persons who might reasonably be expected to have access to similar services in their home jurisdiction, institution or firm.

For further information, see Library Rules


Reference Requests

The library staff are available to assist with reference questions and problems. We do not conduct exhaustive research but are happy to direct you to relevant resources.


Online Training
An introduction to using the online databases available in the library. Individual or group bookings.

Chambers Staff Education
A tour of the library and introduction to the resources (print and electronic) for new chambers staff.

Supreme Court Library Course
An introduction to the Supreme Court Library's resources, for those members and their staff who have access to the Supreme Court. This course is held on the first Wednesday of each month.

Interlibrary Loans

The library offers an interlibrary loan service for materials not held in the collection. The library has access to Libraries Australia, the National Library's database of library holdings in Australia. Standard interlibrary loan charges apply for this service.


All charges inclusive of GST

22c per page
6c per page
44c per page ($1.10 interstate)
No charge
Photocopies from external law libraries*
35c per page
Loans from external law libraries*
No charge
Photocopies and loans from other libraries
Charges as per ILRS Code

*External law libraries include Law Courts Library and Law Society of NSW Library


A photocopying account is needed to operate the photocopiers and printers. Accounts can be set up for individual members or a floor/chamber and consists of a membership number and password.

To open an account or top up an existing account, visit Reception at the Bar Association or phone (02) 9232 4055.

Application form
Top up form