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The WRLA is currently the sixth largest law association in Ontario with over 620 members. Our association was originally founded in Berlin (now Kitchener) in 1895 by a group of nine lawyers as a professional association aimed at providing access to a law library to its members. Today, our not-for-profit association continues to provide valuable library and research services, and has also grown to become a leading organization committed to offering its members advocacy, legal education, mentorship and guidance through the ongoing challenges facing the profession.

The WRLA is governed by a volunteer board of lawyers and paralegals from all practice areas and represents all sizes of local law firms.  The WRLA operates in the Waterloo Region Courthouse Library and has one of the largest private law library collections in Ontario. While involved in innumerable community activities, the WRLA represents our members to the Ontario bench and bar, to all levels of government and to the public at large promoting our three pillars: KNOWLEDGE, ADVOCACY, and COMMUNITY.

The Waterloo Region Law Association (WRLA) is a private library for the use of WRLA members, LSO members and legal practitioners. The Law Library staff cannot provide legal advice or research assistance to the public. The WRLA cannot provide lawyer referrals. Should you need a lawyer or paralegal in the Waterloo Region, please consult our directory. If you need further assistance, please call the Law Society of Ontario's Lawyer Referral Service at 1-855-947-5255 or email Request a referral online at:


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