What is a library & justice partnership and how to start one?

A library & justice partnership (whether informal or more structured) is a collaboration between library service providers and legal service or information providers. The goal is to make legal supports, information, and services more accessible to the public, particularly those who experience systemic inequities and barriers to accessing justice.

Ways that libraries can collaborate with local legal supports

There are many different ways your library can partner with local legal supports to improve access to legal services, help build legal literacy, and provide accurate and up-to-date legal information for your service users. These supports may include community legal clinics, specialty legal clinics, Legal Aid Ontario, or social service organizations such as settlement or housing. Some of these ways include:

Legal information resources

Legal services

Legal literacy


Examples of formal library & justice partnerships – Canada

Examples of formal library & justice partnerships – International

Research on Library & Justice sector partnerships