Library Services

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What the Law Society can offer

This is your Library


This month we thought we would profile The Law Society’s library service, explain what it is, what it offers and how it can add value to your business.


You don’t need to be in London to use the service:


Established in 1832, the Law Society library provides members with free access to one of the most comprehensive printed collections of law material in England and Wales and the team can use major legal research databases on your behalf.


It provides three key services to members of the Law Society to support their legal research needs: a free enquiry and research service, access to a vast collection of legal resources and a same day document delivery service.



  1. Law Society library research service


The Law Society librarians respond to around 9,000 member enquiries each year, covering a wide range of legal queries from providing point-in-time legislation, locating precedents, searching for case law and parliamentary material to finding journal articles. They can also trace past solicitors and law firms to help locate lost wills and deeds.


Enquiries come from members working in all types of legal organisations - from sole practitioners to Top 100, in-house, retired and government - and from many different locations across England and Wales and beyond.  The team receive most of their research enquiries by telephone and e-mail so it does not matter where you are based you can use the service.


There is no charge for the vast majority of research carried out by the team of experienced law librarians. Charges only apply if research takes longer than 30 minutes and you will be notified well in advance if that is likely to happen. If you need some research help please contact the library service on 020 7320 5946 or


Telephone and emails enquiry lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.



  1. Collection service


The printed law collection is one of the most comprehensive in England and Wales and has material not readily available elsewhere.  It is a reference only collection made up of:



  • Precedents - including EF&P, Atkins and textbooks i.e. Tristram and Coote
  • Law Reports – as well as a range of law reports for England and Wales, we have collections covering other British jurisdictions and a small collection of Commonwealth law reports
  • Legislation - public general acts, local and private acts, plus access to both original and amended legislation


  • Journals - a large collection of journal indexes and legal journals
  • Parliamentary - House of Commons papers from 1801 and Hansard debates from 1804
  • Commentary - an extensive collection of up-to-date practitioner textbooks and looseleafs to find commentary relevant to your query

The library has access to Lexis, Lexis PSL, Westlaw, Justis and Parliamentary Information Online (PIO) which we can search on your behalf.

  1. Document delivery

Lawdocs is the library's reasonably priced pay as you go document delivery service.  Fast and efficient, if you need legal information in a hurry, we can provide you with copies of Precedents, Law Reports, Legislation, Journals articles and law book extracts the same day or within the hour.  The documents can be scanned and emailed straight to your inbox.  We can also provide some content directly from databases.  Alternatively, copies can be posted, sent by DX delivery or faxed. The service is often used when documents are required for current judicial proceedings.


Please call us on 020 7320 5946 or email

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday


You can also refer to our Online library catalogue to check what titles we hold and find answers to common research queries


You you can also follow us on Twitter - @LSlawlibrary


Please try out our services this is what one satisfied client said.

“The Librarians are exceptionally helpful both

here on site and with telephone enquiries”