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Law: Other libraries

A guide to finding information relating to law. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

If you need materials not held at Reading you can use our Inter-Library Loans service to request them from another library, or you may be able to visit another library to use them.

Inter-library loans

The ILL service can obtain a wide range of academic books, journals, and conference proceedings. Because of the costs involved it is meant only for material which is essential to your studies or research.

For more information see our Inter-Library Loans webpages:

Visiting other libraries

As a member of the University of Reading you can usually use other academic libraries. However, if you want to consult another Library's collections please contact the Library concerned before making a special journey.

You can identify some UK research and University libraries by looking at the list of libraries contributing to the Library Hub Discover service:

We are members of two SCONUL schemes which enable you to access many other UK HE libraries. In some cases you may be able to borrow.

For more information see our guide to using other libraries:

Public libraries: Access to Research

As a result of a scheme between public libraries and publishers, over 10 million academic articles are now available to students, academics and other members of the public to access electronically onsite at participating UK public libraries. The Reading Central Library is part of this scheme, as are a number of public libraries within the Wokingham local authority area.

While a number of these articles will fall with the University's journal subscriptions, a sizeable number do not. For further information about what is available and which libraries you can visit to take advantage of this service, see the dedicated Access to Research website.

Bodleian Law Library (Oxford)

This Bodleian Law Library is the main legal research library of the University of Oxford. Most books published in the UK are deposited free of charge into the University's library collections.

For more information see the Bodleian Law Library website.

British Library (London and Wetherby)

The British Library is the UK's national research library, with extensive collections of historical and modern published material. As with the Bodleian, most books published in the UK are deposited free of charge into the Library's collections.

For more information see our guidance on accessing the British Library.

IALS Global Law Library (London)

As the main national-level specialist legal research library, the Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) supports the production and dissemination of the results of advanced academic study and research in the discipline of law.

For more information see the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies website.

The Law Society Library (London)

Library of the representative body for solicitors, holding an extensive historical collection of primary and secondary legislation, law reports and legal journals, as well as a legal textbook collection dating from the 16th century onwards.

For more information see Library services' section of The Law Society website.