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Subjects: Law

Finding ebooks and books in the Bodleian Law Library

Use the tabs above to understand how the Law Bod's collection is arranged. There is an Enquiry Desk on Level 2, just as you enter the main Reading Room: please do come and have a word if you are having any difficulty in using the library..

Help with finding books

The Law Library's collection is fully catalogued on SOLO, Oxford  University's online resource discovery tool.

To search for Scots law books just add Scotland after your subject search term from the broadest Law - Scotland to the more specific such as Equitable distribution of marital property -- Scotland

For those wishing to learn more about using searches, we recommend the following:

When you are studying Scottish law, most of the books of interest to you will be shelved on Level 2, the entrance level to the Law Bod,  in the run of books with shelf marks beginning KL to KN.

Where the book is specifically about Scottish public or private law the third line of the shelf mark will be distinguished either by the abbreviation SCT or the code S3.

In the absence of legislation or judicial precedent, the writings of some authorities have been used to settle legal points.(The dates are those of the first editions)

  • James Dalrymple, Viscount Stair 1619-1695 - Institutions of the laws of Scotland (1681 - revised in 1693)
  • Professor John Erskine 1695-1768 - An institute of the law of Scotland (1773)
  • Baron David Hume 1757-1843 - Commentaries on the law of Scotland : respecting the description and punishment of crimes (1797)
  • Archibald Alison  1792-1867 - Principles of the criminal law of Scotland (1832)
  • John Hay Athole Macdonald 1836-1919 - Practical treatise of the criminal law of Scotland ()

On Level 2, the level at which you enter the Law Library, an area of the open shelf collection has books with shelf marks beginning General. 
This is where you will find comparative studies, and works surveying the response to legal problems in two or more jurisdictions. 

If all the countries being compared are (or were) members of the Commonwealth, the book should have a shelf mark beginning Cw Gen. This collection is also on Level 2, but separate from General.

Please ask at the Enquiry Desk on Level 2 if you are having difficulty finding your way round our collection.

Of course students at Scottish law schools research and publish on other jurisdictions too - but it may be well worth checking individual institutional repositories for any recent treatments of their home jurisdiction.

Recommend a book

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the print or ebook you are looking for, you can make a recommendation by completing the form below (Oxford Single-Sign On required).

Inter-library loans

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the book you are looking for, we may be able to source it through Oxford's inter-library loan service.