Within the legal publishing sector within the UK there are often 2 distinct markets. Those that are practising law and those that are studying law. Because of this there are monographs written for practitioners which focus on the practical application of the law and procedure and there are monographs which are written for students which will have a more theoretical focus.
There are also looseleaf publications. These are works which have loose pages that can be taken out and replaced to update the work which is particularly important with law. In the Bodleian Law Library we try to ensure that the looseleaf works are updated as quickly as possible but please read the front sheet to check when it was last updated. You can also check to see if the work is online, many of the Lexis Nexis looseleafs are online via Lexis Library.
Below is a list of main UK law publishers with links through to their websites.
Monographs for England and Wales in the LawBod have call marks starting KL and are arranged by legal subject. The collection is off the main reading room. There are guides to the classification system at the end of the shelves or you can search SOLO to find the classmark if you are looking for a specific text. Some of the more popular titles may be held at Law Reserve as they are heavily used. There is a guide to the classmarks in the box on the left or you can ask staff for help.
This is a multi volume work which covers the law of England and Wales. It is a statement of the current law along with law report and legislation citations and is a great place to start legal research. It is currently in transition between the 4th Edition and the 5th but there is an updated subject index. It is available in hard copy at K1 on the main floor but also available electronically on Lexis Library (a subscription database available to OU members via Oxlip+)
You can search for textbooks using SOLO. Books that have the location LAW LIBRARY:MAIN LIBRARY or LAW LIBRARY:LAW RESERVE are held at the Bodleian Law Library. It will also list where a book is available electronically.
It is worth searching SOLO to see if the book you are looking for is also available electronically. Below is a list of books and databases which may not be as obvious from SOLO.
Westlaw has its common law series available on the Westlaw UK database (available to OU Members via Oxlip+). Oxford University subscribes to most of available ebooks on Westlaw. Some of the books (but not all) are listed below but it is worth checking as these are not catalogued in SOLO as ebooks, you can find them all by clicking on the 'Books' tab at the top of the home page.
Lexis Library has a number of its publication available online (OU members via Oxlip+). Below is just a small selection. A lot of the Butterworth's services are online as well as the Tolley's Tax publications. You can find a list of all of them under the commentary tab in Lexis Library (click on the browse button on the left hand side).
Individual titles should come up on SOLO but if you want to search across the whole of the database then if you search for "Oxford Scholarship Online" on Oxlip+. You can search or browse the titles.