Library Access

Access to the Facilities

Library access is reserved exclusively for CAIJ cardholders.


Users must :

  • Identify themselves, when required, by presenting their CAIJ card or another valid piece of identification.
  • Use their CAIJ card to open the door to the library.
  • Refrain from any behavior that might disturb other library users or staff members, such as the use of cellphones and cameras.
  • Maintain a professional appearance by dressing appropriately at all times.
  • Keep library materials in good condition by refraining from annotating, scribbling or otherwise damaging them.
  • Abide by special conditions that apply to the consultation of some items.
  • Comply with the provisions of the Copyright Act.
  • Contribute to maintaining premises clean and tidy, by refraining from consuming food or beverages.
  • Comply with the provisions of the Tobacco Act.
  • Submit to security measures at library exits where an anti-theft system is in place and allow, if necessary, inspection of their personal belongings.
  • Comply with all other directives issued by CAIJ.
More Information on the CAIJ Card.

Borrowing Services and Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing Privileges

Only holders of a CAIJ card are permitted to borrow materials. 

Borrowing Materials

All items may be borrowed except:
  • Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias;
  • All Items with the notation “Copie 1”;
  • Materials published before 1925;
  • Loose-leaf books;
  • Microforms;
  • CD-ROMs;
  • Any other item designated by CAIJ, at its discretion.


  • Items borrowed are registered under the name of CAIJ cardholders.
  • CAIJ cardholders assume full responsibility for items registered under their name.
  • CAIJ cardholders remain responsible for items borrowed under their name until the return of the items has been recorded.

Number of Items on Loan

A maximum of 8 items may be borrowed simultaneously.


  • Regular loan: 15 business days.
  • Special loan: 24 hours.
  • Loan of some periodicals (Scott Index): 5 business days.


  • A regular loan may be renewed twice, each for a period of 15 business days, unless a hold has been placed on the item.
  • A regular loan that is more than one day overdue may be renewed after full payment of the associated fine.
  • A special loan as well as a loan of some periodicals (Scott Index) cannot be renewed.


  • An item can be placed on hold, whether it is available or already borrowed.
  • A maximum of 8 items can be put on hold simultaneously.
  • Holds can be placed in person or online.


  • Items must be returned by the due date entered on the loan receipt or in the user’s Online account (French only).
  • Items may be returned to any of the following libraries: Gatineau, Laval, Longueuil, Montréal, Québec City, Saint-Jérôme and Sherbrooke.
See CAIJ Libraries Locations and Hours.


  • Regular loan: $1 per day per item starting on the due date. The maximum fine for a single item is $30.
  • Special loan: $1 per hour per item starting on the due date and time. The maximum fine for a single item is $30.

Lost Items

  • An item is considered lost if it is not returned within 30 days of the due date.
  • CAIJ cardholders will be billed for the cost of replacing lost items.
  • If the price of the item is not available, an average price will be charged.
  • An administration fee of $25 plus taxes will be added to the item cost.
  • The $25 administration fee plus taxes and the fines are due even if the item that was billed is later found and returned to CAIJ.

Damaged Items

  • Items that are damaged and deemed beyond repair are considered as lost items.
  • The replacement cost for damaged items is charged to the Multi-accès cardholder (see above).
  • Damaged items remain property of CAIJ at all times.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

  • An interlibrary loan (ILL) can be arranged with another institution when an item is not available in the CAIJ collection.
  • The duration of interlibrary loans can vary from one to six weeks, according to the lending institution’s policies.
  • To renew an ILL, you must submit a request to
  • Renewals are subject to the policies of the lending institution.
  • The CAIJ cardholder will be charged for fines, if any.

Loss of Borrowing Privileges

At any time, CAIJ can revoke the borrowing privileges, including interlibrary borrowing privileges, of any client which has overdue books or fines, or outstanding printing, copying or research fees. In such cases, the client’s CAIJ card is deactivated and access to all CAIJ products and services is prohibited.

Use of Workstations and Internet

Computer and Internet Use

Workstations (computers and terminals) with Internet access are made available to users at all CAIJ libraries.

Limitation of CAIJ Liability

  • CAIJ cannot be held responsible for Internet content, or its reliability, accuracy or currency.
  • CAIJ cannot guarantee access to a particular site; URLs and sites change constantly and technical difficulties can also arise.

Rules Regarding the Use of Computers and Terminals with Internet Access

Clients who use workstations located at CAIJ libraries must comply with the following rules:

  • Do not illegally copy content protected by copyright legislation.
  • Do not use the Internet for fraudulent or illegal purposes or those prohibited by federal or provincial law.
  • Comply with the end-user agreements of software available in the libraries.
  • Comply with library access policies.
  • Do not hack or block the Internet activities of others.
  • Respect the privacy of other users.
  • Do not damage equipment, software or data.
  • Do not alter the configuration of any computer or software.
  • Do not install new software.
  • Do not use CAIJ bandwidth in an abusive manner (such as watching videos, downloading music, etc.)

User Responsabilities

Users must also:

  • Exercise caution when sending personal or financial information.
  • Comply with security measures that are their responsibility.
  • Terminate their work session when finished.
  • Delete all files created prior to leaving the workstation.

Free Access to Commercial Databases

Under agreements negotiated with suppliers specialized in legal information, CAIJ provides access to several commercial databases free of charge.

  • To enjoy free access, clients must visit a CAIJ library (to access these same databases from their home or office, they must subscribe or negotiate an agreement with the suppliers concerned).
  • When consulting commercial databases in the library, users must comply with the supplier’s end-user agreement.
 See the List of Free-Access Databases.

In-library Access to MS Office Suite Software

  • Workstations located in libraries provide access to Microsoft Office suite software.
  • When using Microsoft Office suite software, users must comply with the conditions of use issued by Microsoft.

Use of the CAIJ Card

  • The CAIJ card must be used to enter the premises of CAIJ libraries, to borrow or print documents and to use photocopiers.
  • The first CAIJ card is free of charge.  Fees apply for its replacement.

Grounds for Deactivating a CAIJ Card

CAIJ can deactivate a card and, in doing so, revoke access to its libraries to any cardholder who:

  • Is no longer a member in good order of the Québec Bar or Judiciary.
  • Now has the status of a retired lawyer or judge.
  • No longer has an endorsement.
  • Has unpaid fees after the expiration of the delay for payment.

  More about the CAIJ Card.