Law Society library

The Law Society library reopens by appointment from 10am to 4pm on Monday 19 July and on Wednesday 21 July. It then opens from 10am to 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, week beginning 26 July and throughout August.

Book a visit by emailing library@lawsociety.org.uk. We look forward to welcoming you back.

For all our safety, we will continue to ask staff and visitors to wear masks when moving around the building (unless exempt) and keep to one-metre distancing in the library.

We continue to operate a remote enquiry and document delivery service between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Law Society library

Opening hours

Our library is open by appointment from 10am to 4pm on Monday 19 July and Wednesday 21 July, then at the same time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays week beginning Monday 26 July and throughout August.

Book a visit by emailing library@lawsociety.org.uk.

The number of self-isolation notifications from NHS Test and Trace has been rising and this may affect the staffing in our library.

This situation is likely to continue until at least Monday 16 August when it's expected that those who have been double vaccinated for more than two weeks and are in receipt of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 will be released from the obligation to self-isolate.

In the event that the library will be unable to open as expected, we will contact those who have booked visits beforehand.

We continue to operate a remote enquiry and document delivery service between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.  

If you have any questions, email library@lawsociety.org.uk or call the librarians on 020 7320 5946.

Contact us

Email: library@lawsociety.org.uk

Call: 020 7320 5946

You can contact us from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Our services

Search our library catalogue and find out more about our collection of legal textbooks, legislation, law reports, journals and subscription databases.

Search our collection

Our team of librarians carry out tailored research to help you find the information you need.

Find out more about our enquiry service

We can send you precedents, cases, journal articles, legislation and commentary.

Find out more about our document supply service

Our practical guides and database of enquiries can help you with your legal research.

Read our research guides

Our facilities

You can use our computers to access:

  • our subscription databases
  • Microsoft Office
  • the internet

You can also work on your own devices using our wifi and power points around the library.

Self-service printers and photocopiers cost 20p per A4 sheet. These accept coins or photocopy cards, which you can buy from the enquiry desk.

If you’re a member, QLTS student or work for a law firm or legal department, you can use our subscription databases:

  • JustisOne – original legislation, case transcripts, case citator and precedent map
  • LexisLibrary – textbook commentary, forms and precedents, current legislation, cases and journals
  • LexisPSL – practice notes, forms and precedents, checklists and practical guidance
  • Public Information Online – parliamentary and official documents
  • WestlawUK – current legislation, cases, journal articles, legal journals index and news

Visiting the library

You can find us at the Law Society's offices at Chancery Lane.

You can access our library and services if you’re:

  • a member of the Law Society
  • visiting on behalf of a solicitor (for example, a trainee, librarian or paralegal)
  • an LPC student or on a ‘top up’ course (such as an LLM)

You’ll need to apply for a non-member pass if you're not eligible to visit for free.

Accessibility

Our library is on the first floor of the Law Society. You can access it by lift from the entrance hall on 113 Chancery Lane.

We have specialist software and equipment that can help users with visual impairments to access our collections and online resources.

If you need us to make any adjustments, let us know before you arrive so we can make your visit as easy as possible.

When you arrive

You’ll need to show one of the following:

  • your Law Society membership card
  • your current practising certificate
  • a business card from a law firm showing your name and job title
  • an email from our library staff agreeing to give you access
  • a letter from a solicitor on headed paper which authorises your visit – you can use the template below
  • proof that you're enrolled on an LPC or LLM course

No other legal courses qualify for free access. 

If you’re a Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS) student, you must apply for a non-member pass to use our library and subscription databases.

[Date]

Please give [full name] access to the Law Society library on [date] in order to use the facilities on our firm's behalf.

I confirm that I am a solicitor admitted to the Roll, SRA number [.........].

Contact me on [telephone number] if you require further information.

[Signature]

[Full name]

Applying for a non-member pass

Complete our application form to let us know why you’d like to use our library. We’ll process your application and let you know if you can visit us.

Applications and payment must be made before your visit.

Length of pass Cost
One day £20 + VAT
One week* £50 + VAT
One month** £100 + VAT

*Five consecutive days that our library is open

**One calendar month 

You can pay for your non-member pass by:

  • credit/debit card
  • cheque (payable to the Law Society)

Bring photo ID such as a driving licence or passport with you when you visit our library.

We have the right to refuse admission and we cannot give legal advice.

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