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Legal resources at Oxford University: Law at Oxford

Thank you Hogan Lovells

Thanks to a generous donation from Hogan Lovells all current members of Oxford University have access to the database JustisOne.


View of the St Cross Building which is home to both the Bodleian Law Library and the Law Faculty of Oxford University 

View of the main Reading Room, which is immediately inside the entrance, from the Gallery or Floor 3. There are always members of staff available to help you find your way around the open-shelf collection, which is over four floors.

When the Law Library opened in 1964 it was among the first pieces of "modern" architecture to be built in post WW2 Oxford.
Picture credits
1 & 3  KT Bruce
2 Jerry Phillips

Reading law at Oxford: where to begin

The Bodleian Law Library in Michaelmas Term 2020

Opening Hours Weeks 3 - 8
Mon-Fri: 9:30-21:00 
Sat-Sun: 10:00-19:00

Readers who already have a current Oxford University or Bodleian Reader's Card,  and who wish to come to the Law Library must book a seat in advance .(Readers who need a Bodleian Reader's Card (either as first-time applicants or renewals) should consult the Central Admissions webpage here.)

Bookings can be made up to a week in advance, new dates being released on the booking site between 7:30-9:30am 7 days before.
It will not be possible to admit readers arriving without a booking.

Monday to Friday the Law Library offers 3 booking slots  (morning, afternoon, evening) each day. Subject to availability readers may book more than one slot for the same day. On Saturday and Sunday there is just the "all day" slot - meaning readers can arrive anytime after 10am.

On the day your booking, and while still in the library lobby, please have your booking confirrmed and your University or Bodleian Reader's Card checked by the librarian. You will be given a brief explanation of local protocols, and the appropriate desk card(s) for your time slot(s) that day. Then you are welcome to go into the  Reading Room via the electronic gates - which will require your card to open. 
Readers are requested to wear a face covering while in the library, unless they are exempt under the government guidelines

All four floors are open to readers with socially distanced seats available on each. There is be a one way system affecting stair access between floors, and in certain areas of the collection. These are clearly signed. There is a lift connecting all floors available for readers, but under covid restrictions its capacity is reduced to single occupancy only.
There are hand sanitisers and materials for cleaning surfaces ready for readers to use on each floor.

Subscription for 2020-2021 to OUP's LawTrove! Access from  Friday 8 October 2020 until 7 October 2021

This collection of student textbooks will be particularly useful for law students following taught courses. The individual titles available on LawTrove are discoverable by ordinary searches in SOLO, holders of an Oxford Single Sign On can click on the View online link to read these titles.
Please note this platform does NOT permit the downloading of whole books. OUP is aware that usage is likely to be very high within Oxford University but their automatic system will flag any systematic downloading.

Above are the links to the major subscription databases for the study of English law available to holders of an Oxford SSO. (Both Lexis@Library & Westlaw Edge UK also have large collections of foreign & international materials too via links to separate platforms)

Note: For licensing reasons, most legal databases require an Oxford SSO so are not available to visiting readers.

The Law Bod subscribes to a wide range of electronic legal databases which can be used by all current full OU members with an Oxford Single Sign-On username and password (Oxford SSO).  Consequently, Oxford SSO holders have access a considerable library of legislation, law reports, law journals and e-books - from many jurisdictions & across most legal subjects - wherever they have access to the internet.

To discover the full range of subscription databases for law available to holders of an Oxford SSO, together with some reliable, freely accessible online resources, please explore the Law Bod's collection of online Libguides via one or more of the links below:

The Bodleian Law Library

The Law Bod is in the St Cross Building Manor Rd OX1 3UR. This is about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the central Bodleian area off Broad St where the original Bodleian Library (aka The Old Bod), the Radcliffe Camera, and the Weston Library (formerly the New Bodleian) are grouped.

Welcome to Alumni & Visiting Researchers
The Law Library is committed to supporting academic legal research.
Should you wish to use the Law Library please complete the formalities required to get a Bodleian Reader's Card at the Central Admissions Office on the ground floor of the Weston Library, Broad Street, before coming on to the Law Library.

Please Note: For licensing reasons, most legal databases are only available to holders of an Oxford Single Sign On

The entire collection is reference only: we do not lend; no one may borrow! 

The vast majority of our collection is immediately available on open shelves. Please do ask a member of staff for more specific directions around the collection once you are in the library, it is arranged over 4 floors.

The guide below should help you make efficient use of SOLO - but please do feel free to ask for further help/clarification when you are in the Library.

Law students at Oxford are supported in their legal studies by their own (private) college libraries, and the University library,  the Bodleian Law Library (aka the Law Bod or BLL). There is no separate Law Faculty library at Oxford.

Other Bodleian Libraries

A number of other Bodleian libraries in Oxford can be useful for advanced legal research or when your topic is interdisciplinary. The list  below is not exhaustive: part of the joy of Oxford is discovering its libraries & their riches!

Considering Studying Law?

Finding the Bodleian Law Library

The Bodleian Law Library is in the St Cross Building, Manor Rd, Oxford OX1 3UR