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THE SUPREME COURT LAW LIBRARY

The Law Library of the Supreme Court is situated on the upper level of the Supreme Court building. It was established in 1997 and started off with a limited but selective collection of books transferred from the High Court library. It has grown since then and currently includes a collection of about 9000 printed and 9 electronic publications.

Its vision is to provide legal information services and resources to all the people of Namibia; to extend its collection; to provide effective and efficient services and resources and to be a national reference Law Library satisfying the research requirements of Judges, magistrates, legal practitioners, academics, students and other interested members of the public.

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The printed collections of the Law Library include: Dictionaries, legal textbooks, law journals and periodicals, digests, law reports (Namibian, South African, Zimbabwean, English, Commonwealth, American, Indian, European and International), Government Gazettes (Government Notices, Proclamations, Ordinances and Statutes), Pre- and post- Independence Statutes and all judgments of the Namibian Supreme Court.

Its electronic collection include: Namibian Statutes, Namibian Law Reports, South African Statutes, South African Law reports, Butterworths Forms and Precedents, Canadian Case Digest, Human Rights Biographical data and International Instruments and an InfoBase on Constitutional Case Law.

In addition, it has a valuable collection of Roman-Dutch and common law authorities of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. These books, mostly hand printed on good quality handmade paper and bound in leather, are so fragile and valuable that access to them is strictly limited.

All the legal resources in the Law Library are added to the Library CDS ISIS, (WINISIS) program on a SCLIB database. Any enquiry about legal information materials may be directed to the library staff, who will gladly assist in searching and retrieving the requested resources from the Library Catalogue. Being a reference library, no inter-lending and loan circulation are allowed but copying services are available subject to the provisions of the Copy Rights Act, No. 6 of 1994.

The librarian may be contacted at the following numbers:

The hours of business are 08h30 – 13h00 and 14h00 – 16h30 on weekdays.