The Advocates Library is the largest legal practitioners’ library in Scotland. The web site provides details of library services and access to the online catalogue. Also searchable from here are the catalogues of the National Library of Scotland and the Signet Library.
BIALL was formed in 1969 and is the only professional body to represent and serve information professionals working with legal information in the UK and Ireland. It organises training events and conferences and has an active publishing programme. Its web site contains news of interest to the profession, diaries of events internal and external, the BIALL Blog (May 2007 onwards), and links arranged by subject. The BIALL How Do I? wiki was launched in June 2009. This is a wiki created by the BIALL PR Committee with the aim of helping users with legal information enquiries.
The Bodleian Law Library is part of Oxford University and is the library of the university’s Faculty of Law. Its web site provides information about library services and access to Oxford University library catalogues. Search results can be refined in order to display Bodleian Law Library holdings only.
Also known as the Westminster Union List of Periodicals (WULOP), this database provides information on the periodical holdings of all Westminster public libraries. Publications can be searched for by title, subject or location.
Copac is a union catalogue providing free access to the merged online catalogues of over 100 of the major research libraries in the UK and Ireland, including university libraries, the British Library, the National Libraries of Wales and Scotland, and specialist subject libraries.
As well as ECLAS, the union catalogue covering the European Commission’s Central Library and around twenty-five smaller specialised libraries, this site also includes a link to the Europe Direct site where there is a directory of European Documentation Centres (EDCs) and Europe Direct information centres (EDICs) in EU member states.
Explore the British Library replaces the British Library Integrated Catalogue and permits integrated searching of both the catalogue and the Library’s web site. Users may also request photocopies or loans of items. Registration (free) is advised for the purpose of ordering.
The FLAG database provides a gateway to foreign, international and comparative law collections held within UK university and national libraries, and within major practitioners’ law libraries. The database is searchable in several ways and includes descriptions of each collection and links to the web catalogues of contributing libraries. The development of the FLAG project was financed by the Research Support Libraries Programme and managed by Dr Peter Clinch. It is based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library, University of London.
The Inner Temple Library web site provides access to the online catalogues of all four Inns of Court libraries and details of Inner Temple Library services. Other notable features include FAQs relating to legal research, a virtual Library tour, slideshows of the Library present and past, and illustrated histories of the Library and the Inner Temple more generally. The Library’s Current Awareness weblog, added to daily and with a fully indexed archive extending back to April 2007, is accessible via a link on the home page.
The IALS Library’s primary function is to serve a national academic research community including particularly researchers of the law schools of the University of London. It also provides services to other communities including a large number of subscribing practising lawyers. The web site provides details of library collections and services and access to the online catalogue.
This section of the Law Society of England and Wales web site has information about the Law Society Library and its services. The online catalogue is accessible via a link to the separate Knowledge Base site.
In addition to the Law Society Library’s catalogue, Knowledge Base encompasses a range of other databases. “Common Queries” provides answers to a range of frequently asked questions and suggestions on where to look for a wide variety of legal information; English cases gives citations for cases published in the English national newspapers and selected law reports; Commencement orders gives details of when acts were brought into force from 1974 to 2012; Biographies provides biographical information on previous Law Society office holders and prominent solicitors.
The LSE Library, founded as the British Library of Political and Economic Science, is one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences. Its web site provides details of library collections and services and access to the online catalogue.
Search25 is funded by the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, a collaborative organisation with about 60 member institutions across the east and south east of England. The site provides a directory of member libraries, a search function covering the catalogues of over 45 member libraries, and a Union List of Serials (a search facility for the periodical holdings, including law report series) of the constituent libraries of the University of London, Imperial College London and the University of Westminster.
The SOAS Library develops and maintains significant legal collections relating to the countries of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and is particularly strong on customary law, Islamic law and the countries of the Indian sub-continent. Its web site provides access to the catalogue and details of library services.
The Squire Law Library, an affiliate library of the Cambridge University Library, is one of the largest academic law libraries in the UK. Its web site has information about the library and its collections and services. A link is provided to the “Newton” library catalogue, an online catalogue covering the University Library, its dependent libraries (including the Squire Law Library) and most faculty, departmental and college libraries.
SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community, delivered by EDINA (national data centre at the University of Edinburgh) on behalf of Jisc. It permits searching by a number of criteria including title, keyword, subject and location. Full holdings information is given for each library holding a title.
iDiscover is the online catalogue for the libraries of the University of Cambridge, including holdings of the Cambridge University Library, its dependent libraries (including the Squire Law Library) and most faculty, departmental and college libraries. There are records for online articles as well as for printed books; full-text articles are not general accessible without log-in.
This section of the Oxford University web site provides a single point of access to information on all of the University, College, departmental and other libraries (totalling more than 100) which together make up the largest university library system in the UK. The “Search Oxford Libraries Online” (SOLO) facility permits searching of all catalogues together, or those of specific collections, e.g. Bodleian Law Library.