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HCLA Library, Lounge and Robing Rooms CLOSED

15 Sep 2023 1:35 PM | Anonymous

The HCLA Library, Lawyer’s Lounge and Robing Rooms are closed, and will be closed for at least a month to allow for remediation (of mould and asbestos) to be done. There is a small window of time next week for anyone who may have personal items (such as barrister’s robes) in the library/lounge/robing rooms to pick them up. Here are the details:

The HCLA Library, Lawyer's Lounge and Robing Rooms have been closed off from entry due to the discovery of mould and asbestos.
Pinchin is assigned to the area for a remediation project scheduled to start the Friday of next week. HCLA staff have been in contact with Pinchin, CBRE, and a vendor, Sensyst, to discuss scope and timing of the remediation project.

Preparations for the remediation project will begin next week Tuesday (September 19th) and will end on Thursday (September 21st). During this time period the HCLA staff are able to assist any members who need to collect their personal belongings from the lounge area or the robing rooms. 

If you need to collect your personal belongings, please contact Arielle Vaca, Librarian, by email so she is aware someone will need assistance.

The remediation project is estimated to be completed within a month. There will be no access to the HCLA Library, Lawyer's Lounge and Robing Rooms once the project has started. The librarian will continue to work from home and communicate via email ( The telephone cannot be answered remotely, however the voicemail will be monitored remotely. If any voicemail messages are left, the librarian will respond/contact you via email.

Attached is a photo (IMG_6532.jpeg) showing that the area is now off limits, subject to any arrangement to be made for retrieval of items on either Tuesday or Wednesday (September 19/20).

In addition, please be advised that the Peel Law Association has graciously offered to assist our members in whatever way they can, while our Library is closed. If you need any assistance, please contact Arielle by email and she will assist in either helping you directly, or make arrangements with the PLA.

We will provide an update on when the library/lounge/robing rooms will again be open, as soon as we receive information.

Thank you for your patience.

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