New Zealand Law Society - NZ Law Society Library, Canterbury

NZ Law Society Library, Canterbury

Hours for the Canterbury Library are 8.30am to 5.00pm. Access is by swipe card only or by arrangement.

Justice and Emergency Services Precinct (JESP)

The New Zealand Law Society Library has two dedicated spaces within the Justice & Emergency Services Precinct in Christchurch:

  • NZLS Library — ground floor, Emergency Services Building (B2 entrance)
  • Lawyers' Room — level 3, Justice Building

Library subscription databases are accessible by lawyers working at both sites.

JESP Lawyers' access cards

Lawyers' access cards allow entry to the Lawyers’ Room and Library, as well as interview rooms, including non-contact rooms and instruction suites.

Download a JESP Lawyers' Access Card application form and accompanying documentation.


The Library's print collection and staff are located on the ground floor of the Emergency Services Building (ESB) located on the Tuam Street side of the Justice Precinct. The Library has an open plan study space with seating for approximately fourteen lawyers.

Three computers (kiosks) are provided for lawyers' legal research.

Lawyers' Room

The Lawyers' Room is located on level 3 of the Justice Building. Two kiosks are available for legal research with 8 computer work spaces available in all. The Lawyers' Room is unstaffed. For assistance from Library staff phone 0800 377 347. The Lawyers' Room is designed as a break-out space for lawyers. As well as computer work spaces, seating for about eight people is provided, along with a kitchenette and bag storage cubicles. Entry is by JESP card access between 8.30 am and 5pm weekdays.


After-hours access to the Library collection in the Emergency Services Building is available to lawyers with a CJESP access card, via a separate after-hours entrance. A small kitchenette, along with toilet facilities are provided.


Lawyers can access Library subscription databases on their own devices when working in either the Lawyers' Room or the Library, via the NZLS Library wifi network.

Note: Library subscription databases are not accessible via the Justice Precinct guest wifi network.


  • Entry to the Lawyers' Room - access card only — 8.30am to 5pm weekdays
  • Entry to the Library - access card OR via the intercom at main entrance, inside the ESB lobby — 8.30am to 5pm weekdays
  • After-hours access to the Library by access card only, via the separate after-hours entrance, outside the ESB lobby.

For more information contact Library staff.