The Law Society Library

The Law Society Library

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

It provides three key services to members to support legal research needs: a research and enquiry service, access to a vast collection of legal resources and a quick, efficient document delivery service.  You can access their extensive collections and expertise without having to visit London.

Their new Law Society Library catalogue went live in September 2021.  It has a more up to date look, facilitates easier searching of the Library collection for Members and enables them to highlight features such as the TLS Historical Archive. 

Law Society Research Service

There is no charge for the majority of research carried out by their experienced law librarians. Charges only apply if research takes longer than 30 minutes and they will notify you 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 email  Telephone and emails enquiry lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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, they can provide you with copies of Precedents, Law Reports, Legislation, Journals articles and law book extracts the same day. The documents can be scanned and emailed straight to your inbox.  They can also provide some content directly from databases. (Lexis, Westlaw, vLex).  Alternatively, copies can be posted. The service is often used when documents are required for current judicial proceedings.