High Court Library


High Court Judges Library functions as the heart of the Court.  Punjab High Court Library was established in the year 1955 after the inauguration of this High Court on the 19th March, 1955 by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.  Initial collection of the Library was 8,861 books received from Shimla which was earlier the seat of East Punjab High Court. Subsequently about 10,000 books received from PEPSU High Court were also added to the stock of the Library.  Hon'ble Judges Library possesses notable legal documents to cater to the need of the Hon'ble Judges and the Courts. Hon'ble Judges' Library is a grid of Libraries.  In addition to the Central Library, it maintains collection of 57 (present strength) working Court Room Libraries and equal number of Residential Libraries  at the residence offices of all the sitting Hon'ble Judges. Hon'ble Judges Library works under the guidance of the Hon'ble Library Committee constituted by Hon'ble the Chief Justice. Library has a staff strength of 42 officials including Librarian & 4 professionally qualified officials.  Hon'ble Judges' Library is open from 9.00 A.M. to 7.00 P.M.    
                        Libraries have also been provided to the Judicial Officers at Subordinate Courts in the States of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh.  Residential  library with minimum required books, a Legal Software 'Law Finder Library  Edition' and online legal database 'SCC Online Web Edition' is also provided at camp office at residence, to each Judicial Officer at Subordinate Courts.  A List of approved books including all central and concerned State bare acts for the Libraries provided at different level at Subordinate Courts Officers  is enshrined at Chapter 18 Volume 4 of High Court Rules and Orders.  Another online legal database 'Westlaw India' is also approved and provided by this Court (as optional with 'SCC Online Web Edition') for the Judicial Officers at Subordinate Courts.

Library Collection
Library possesses various Indian, Foreign Journals/Reports,  Books, Bound as well as loose volumes of Journals, Commission Reports, Bare Acts (Centre as well as State), Gazettes of  Government of India as well as for the States of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh, Manuals, Reference Books and General Books. 
Current Holding (Indian/Foreign)

Library possesses 71 Journals (including Indian/Foreign Journals).

Legal Databases

Library subscribes to following legal databases:-

    1. Supreme Court Cases Full Text on CD-ROM.
    2. Law Finder Library Edition.
    3. All India Reporter till 2010 (containing Supreme Court, Supreme Court Weekly, All High Courts & Criminal Law Journal).
    4. Grand Jurix.
    5. ITR Online.
    6. Manupatra Online .
Newspapers & Magazines
                Library presently subscribes to 13 Newspaper ( 9-English, 3-Hindi 1-  Punjabi) & 8 magazines.
Library Catalogue (OPAC)
All the books are classified according to Dewey Decimal Classification and catalogued according to AACR-II. Hon'ble Judges Library is using e-Granthalaya software and process of data entry in on completion.
    Documentation Service:- 
    High Court Judges Library provides Documentation Service by maintaining index of Acts, Rules, Regulations as well as Bye-laws and keeps a regular track of time to time amendments in all the Central & State Statutes as notified in Gazette of India, Official Gazettes for the States of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh.

    Library & Information Services:-

    Hon'ble Judges Library is providing following Library & Information Services to the Hon'ble Judges:-
  • Current Awareness Services.
  • Information Retrieval through Legal database subscribed by the Library.
  • Information retrieval from the internet.
  • Selective Dissemination of Information Services.
  • Reference Services.
  • Besides this, manual query solution of legal topics and statutory amendments is also a regular library service for Hon'ble Judges.

Fresh Arrivals
     Library circulates list of Fresh Arrivals amongst all Hon'ble Judges every month in order to apprise the Hon'ble Judges about the books purchased during the previous month.
Free E-Journals(National/International)
  • Asian Journal of Global Studies (  )
  • California Law Review ( )
  • Duke Law Journal ( )
  • EC Competition Policy Newsletter(
  • European Economy ( )
  • European Journal of Law and Technology ( )
  • The Federal Courts Law Review ( )
  • Georgetown Law Journal (
  • Harvard Human Rights Journal(
  • Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy(
  • Harvard Law Review(
  • International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences( )
  • International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy( )
  • Minnesota Journal of International Law(
  • NYU Law Review(
  • Journal of Information, Law & Technology( )
  • Journal of Legal Analysis( )
  • D-Lib(
  • Stanford Law Review(
  • Southern California Law Review(
  • Texas International Law Journal(
  • University of Chicago Law Review(
  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review(
  • Utrecht Journal of International and European Law(
  • UCLA Bulletin of Law and Technology( )
  • Virginia Journal of Law and Technology( )
  • Indian
  • Crime In India ( )
  • Indian Journal of Law and Technology( )
  • Journal of Intellectual Property Rights (JIPR)(
  • Journal of National Human Rights Commission( )
  • Journal of Parliamentary Information, India(
  • Directory of Open Access Journals( )
  • Free Legal Databases
  • Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII) ( )
  • British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)(
  • The Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII)( )
  • The Southern Africa Legal Information Institute (SAFLII)( )
  • The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)(
  • Law Khoj (
  • Indian Kanoon (
  • Online Dictionaries/Legal Dictionaries/Encyclopedias

    Legal Dictionaries/Encyclopedia

  • Legal Dictionary- The Free Dictionary ( )
  • The Law Dictionary( )
  • Law.Com( )
  • Nolo's Free Dictionary of Law Terms and Legal Definitions( )
  • The World's Largest Free and Online Legal Dictionary(
  • Duhaime's Law Dictionary( )
  • Law Lexicon( )
  • Legal's Glossary( )
  • Other Dictionaries/Encyclopedia

  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary ( )
  • Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary ( )
  • English Punjabi Kosh ( ???? )
  • Punjab Online ( )
  • Shabdkosh ( )
  • Hindi English Dictionary ( )
  • Hindi English Dictionary (
  • Others Links
  • GOI Web Directory ( )
  • India Code ( )
  • Website of Punjab (
  • Website of Haryana (
  • Website of Chandigarh (
  • Punjabi Pedia ( )
  • Encyclopaedia of Sikhism ( )
  • Free Online e-Books and PDF on Sikhism ( )
  • Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia ( “)