Managing Librarian                                                                                                           Benjamin Laing
Librarian                                                                                                                            Leonie Anderson                         
Librarian                                                                                                                            Emma Sellwood


The library is open Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 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.

Interlibrary Loans

The library no longer has access to Libraries Australia, the National Library's database of library holdings in Australia.

Interlibrary requests are now limited to the availability of materials from the Law Courts Library and the Law Society of NSW Library.  There is no charge for materials obtained from these Libraries.

All hard copy interlibrary materials must be used within the Bar Library without exception.  Copying and scanning facilities are available.


While following copyright guidelines in relation to fair dealing and research and study, members may photocopy library materials that cannot be borrowed, emailed or downloaded.