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  • Colourful books

    One of the best law libraries in England and Wales

    Whether you visit the library or use us remotely, we offer a range of services to assist you with your research.

    See below for the facilities available.

  • Enquiry Service

    Our team of experienced law librarians can assist Law Society members and their staff in finding the information you need. You don't have to visit the library to use these services, just contact us by phone or email and leave your enquiry with us. Please note that, from 1 January 2013, the library will be introducing charges for enquiries requiring more than 30 minutes of research. This service is not available to non-members.
    Read more about our enquiry service

    Document supply

    Our Lawdocs service can email, fax or post copies of most material within our collection to members and non-members wherever you are in the world. We offer a standard or a premium service to suit your requirements.
    Read more about our Lawdocs service

    Library Knowledge Base

    The Law Society Library Knowledge Base is an online tool for finding legal information. It brings you fast, easy access to the library catalogue and value-added legal information sources including queries and enquiries database.
    Read more about Library Knowledge Base

    Library access

    Solicitors of England and Wales and their staff have free access to the library and the services we provide. Find out how to gain admission to the library, our opening hours, and services we offer to disabled users.

    We can also offer access to non-members of the Law Society. Find out about our non-member admission and the services we offer.
    Read more about how to access the library

    Our collections

    We have primary and secondary legislation as well as local and personal acts for England and Wales. We also hold primary legislation from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man. Our legal textbook collection dates from the 16th century onwards and we have an extensive collection of law reports and journals.
    Read more about our collections

    Law Society Corporate Archive

    The library holds the Law Society's corporate archive collection. Our collection covers both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Law Society.
    Read more about the corporate archive collection

    Other facilities in the library

    Find out about the other facilities available in the library including computing, printing and photocopying.
    Read more about our other library facilities

    Research guides

    If you like to do your own research, why not see if one of our research guides can help you.
    Read more about research guides