Finding Resources

Our Resources

The Bodleian Law Library has an extensive collection of hard copy and electronic resources read below or use the menu on the left to explore.

The Law Library collection provides extensive material for research, teaching and learning. The aim is to cover primary and secondary material for a wide range of jurisdictions, concentrating on the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, the United States, individual European countries, and the European Union. In addition there are extensive holdings in legal history, jurisprudence, public and private international law, Roman law and criminology. In general the library only collects material in Roman and Cyrillic scripts and does not collect material from the Middle East, the Far East or Latin America, except for introductory works in English. The collection has particular historical depth in UK & Irish material as a result of receiving books through the Legal Deposit scheme. There are a number of online guides to the Law Library's resources for both jurisdictions and subject areas.  You can read the library's collection policy at the link below:

Hard copy resources

As a reference collection, books cannot be borrowed, but the majority of books are housed on open shelves, and are easily browsed. Items in heavy demand are housed behind the main enquiry desk and may be borrowed within the library.  There are floorplans available (PDF) to find your way around or you can ask staff.

Online resources

The Law Library subscribes to all the major legal databases required to assist in legal research, teaching and learning. Most resources on these pages are available to Oxford University staff and students only. A full list of legal databases can be found by title and all databases available at Oxford can be found on OxLIP+.


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