The Law Society's Library (Murray Law Library)

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The Murray Law Library was established in 1939 and named after Sir George Murray KCMG, Chief Justice of South Australia. In 1938, Sir George Murray donated £10,000 towards the setting up of a library which he considered should be established by the Society for its members. Sir George died in 1942 and bequeathed his own collection of law books to the library.

The information services provided by the Murray Law Library play a significant role in supporting the goals of the Law Society by providing:

  • Resources for its members;
  • A strong network of supporting librarians around Australia to assist with the retrieval of material, predominantly cases and articles;
  • Staff who have the ability to evaluate information (from the Internet and hardcopy) to provide answers to a wide variety of requests;
  • The prompt and efficient delivery of materials, when they are needed urgently;
  • The opportunity for users to conduct their own research on the library computers using Westlaw AU, LexisNexis Advance, CCH IntelliConnect and Kidd’s Law Publications. For a complete list if services available click here

The Murray Library has a wide and comprehensive collection of:

  • Law Reports from Australia, England and New Zealand, on various subjects including Family, Taxation, Torts, Trade Practices and Environmental Law available in hardcopy and/or online;
  • Historical Legislation and Gazettes from South Australia, including Statutes, Regulations and Hansard that are not available online; 
  • The Library holds a large number of commentary services and legal encyclopaedias on subjects including Criminal Law, Family Law, Torts, Succession and Corporations Law;
  • The Library has over 2,500 textbooks comprising good practical Australian and English texts.

Advantages of Using the Murray Law Library:

  • Telephone and e-mail services
  • Research assistance at low cost
  • Assistance in finding research materials
  • Training in using legal online resources
  • Up-to-date textbooks available
  • Lower charges than other libraries
  • Members are welcome to borrow books
  • Catalogue to check what resources are available
  • Relaxing area to do your library work, with unsurpassed views overlooking North Terrace
  • The Murray Law Library prides itself on fast, efficient and friendly service - so why not ask our helpful librarian to find your next case? 

Librarian - Lorna Hartwell 

Telephone: (08) 8229 0235 

Schedule of Costs for Library Services

(These costs are exclusive of GST) 

Copying is free for a fair and reasonable amount to be determined by library staff
$10.00 minimum for account if library staff does the copying

$10.00 per item, precedents and hard to find items - $15.00 per item

Research Fee
$25.00 per hour 
Fast Track/Priority  - $20 plus normal charge

Non Members
100% additional charges on all services