Law Society library

Our library is free for members of the Law Society to use. Our building is currently closed due to coronavirus, but we are operating an enquiry and document delivery service.

Law Society library

You can find us at:

The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1PL

Opening hours

Our library is closed to members and visitors until further notice due to coronavirus.

We are operating a limited enquiry and document delivery service between 10am and 4pm.

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 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Visiting the library

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
  • 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]

Our services

Our team of librarians can help you find the information you need.

Find out more about our enquiry service

Our collection includes legislation, legal textbooks, law reports and journals.

Search our collection

We can email copies of most documents in our collection to you.

Find out more about our document supply service

Our research guides and common queries database can help you find the information you need.

Read our research guides

Our facilities

You can access the internet for free using our wifi and computers with Microsoft Office.

We have specialist software and equipment to meet accessibility needs.

Our computers are connected to a black and white printer, which accepts photocopy cards. You can buy a photocopy card from the enquiry desk. Printing costs 20p per A4 page.

We have two black and white self-service copiers, which accept cash and photocopy cards. Photocopying costs 20p per A4 page.

Our library is part of the Copyright Licensing Agency library scheme. If your photocopying is for commercial purposes, you can buy a copyright licence from the enquiry desk.

We can scan and email your documents. Ask our library staff for help with these services. Scanning costs 20p per A4 page.

We have two microfiche readers connected to a printer. Copies cost 20p per A4 page.

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

  • legislation
  • cases
  • journal articles
  • precedents and forms
  • practice notes and guidance

Our databases include:

  • JustisOne
  • LexisLibrary
  • LexisPSL
  • Public Information Online
  • WestlawUK

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.