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Law Library

At our state-of-the-art Law Library, we develop, maintain and manage information resources that support the research, teaching and learning needs of the staff and students at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. We also provide services to external users.

In keeping with our mission, the Library provides access to a range of legal information both electronically and in print. From the inception of the Eugene Dupuch Law School in 1998, the Law Library has been carefully building its collection to provide relevant information in a timely manner. The Library’s print collection of primary and secondary materials stands at approximately 7,000 volumes. The print collection is complemented by electronic resources that are available to staff and students.

Our comprehensive collection supports the Eugene Dupuch Law School’s curriculum. Primary and secondary materials in the collection stand at approximately 7,000 items. There is a small but growing collection of in-house digital material that includes all the Law School’s past examination papers. The Library also subscribes to online legal databases that are available to our staff and students only.

The Library’s textbook collection consists mainly of textbooks identified as recommended reading for the Law School’s students. Books are shelved according to the Moys Classification Scheme. Reference materials are also available for consultation in the Library only.

Journals are not loan items and are only available for use in the Library. This collection consists mainly of titles from the United Kingdom but includes several Caribbean Titles. The acquisition of additional legal journals published in or about the legal systems in the Caribbean is an important part of the collection development policy.

Law Reports are only available for use in the Library. This is a core collection which includes English law reports and law reports originating from the English-speaking Caribbean. The Library also subscribes to the online versions of these reports.

The Library’s legislation collection is for internal use only. Acquisitions in this area are primarily geared towards coverage of the legislation of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the English-speaking Caribbean.

The Law Library supports teaching and learning objectives of staff and students of the Eugene Dupuch Law School.

Reference Services

Members of the Library staff are available to provide users with research assistance.

Loans

Textbook overnight and internal loans are available.

  • On weekdays the overnight loan period begins at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. the day following.
  • On Fridays the overnight loan period begins at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. the following Monday.
  • Items can be borrowed at any time on Saturdays to be returned at 10:30 a.m. the following Monday.
  • Library materials such as unreported judgments and past examination papers can be borrowed as internal loans. These items are loaned for a maximum period of two hours.

Photocopying

Photocopy machines are available for use. The charge for photocopying is $0.15 per exposure. Students are provided with individual accounts with unique access codes.

Printing

Personal computers are networked to a high-speed printer. The charge per exposure is $0.15

Fines

Late return of books incurs a fine at a rate of $1.00 for the first two hours prior to 1:00 pm. Any return after 1:00 pm incurs a fine of $2.00 each hour or any part thereof. Fines are automatically levied against a loan at the expiration of the return period. While fines continue to accrue until the overdue books are returned, late fees are not calculated for the hours during which the Library is closed.

Public Services

The Law Library offers services to external users, individuals, institutions or groups who wish to use the library for legal research. Eligible users include Attorneys, Institutional Users, Students with ID and Other Researchers.
External users granted permission by Library Staff must complete the External Users form and are required to pay a daily, monthly or annual membership fee.

Membership Fees

UserAnnual Fee (B$)Monthly Fee (B$)Daily Fee (B$)Research Fee (B$)*
Attorney (alumnus)$150$20$5$10
Attorney (non-alumnus)$200$30$5$15
Institutional (1-5 users)$300$35$10/user$20
Institutional (6-10 users)$600$70$10/user$20
Students with ID$100$15$5-
Other$175$25$5$15

*Any research that requires access to LexisNexis, JustisOne (CARILAW) or Bahamian Unreported Judgements

Access Hours

  • Members of the public may access the library, with the permission of the Librarian, and if space is available: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. & Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reference Services

  • Members of the Library staff are available to provide users with research assistance.

Loans

  • Loan services are not available to external users.

Photocopying and Printing

  • External users can access these services at the Circulation Desk: cdesk@edls.edu.bs . Fees are applied to these services.

Computer Access

  • External users are not provided access to EDLS computers. However, WIFI is available on the guest network. The password is available at the circulation desk.

Contact Us

Telephone:
(242) 326-8867

Fax:
(242) 326-8825

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box: SS 6394
Nassau, The Bahamas