Using this Library

Our Services and Procedures

Below is an introduction to our services and procedures as well as information on using this library.

Reference and legal research assistance

Assistance with reference queries is provided in person by library staff at the Enquiry desk, online with legal research reader guides, timetabled legal research classes and one to one sessions through Book a Librarian.

Some of these services are not available in the evenings or weekends (for a run down of what services are available see Service Standards)

General Services

The Law Library provides the full range of computing and photocopying available throughout the Bodleian Libraries.

The Law Library collection is for reference, and there is no borrowing available. Books in heavy demand are held in a separate reserve collection, and are available for loan within the library only.

There is a 'Request' or 'Hold' function on SOLO  which allows readers to order items from Closed Access (formerly referred to as the Bodleian Stack) to the Law Library for short term consultation.  For more information and guidance on how to do this then consult the SOLO Libguide.

Please NoteThe Law Library does not offer legal advice.
Such advice is available from qualified solicitors (Law Society find a solicitor) and legal aid centres (Citizens Advice Bureau). The official government website - Direct.gov - may also be able to answer factual questions. 

Service Standards

The normal levels of service can be seen above.  

Weekend services

The minimum level of service that we aim to provide is:

Make available SOLO and Readersí Workstations for networked databases
Answer enquiries arising from reading lists
Answer catalogue enquiries
Answer directional enquiries
Make available the Reserve Collection
Basic maintenance of photocopiers and load value on to readersí photocopy cards
Accepting ILL requests, if email contact address is left
Accept Bodleian bookstack requests for items not covered by SOLO
Shelving books

Other help or services will be at the discretion of the Assistant Librarian in charge on the day and will depend on prevailing circumstances.

What we are unable to offer:

Help with networked databases
Help with computers and printing 
In-depth bibliographical or reference queries
Enquiries involving checking the receipt of serials, binding records, progress of book orders and cataloguing
Reserving books to research reader desks and carrels
Using the reader/printer
Fetching from Bodleian Law Library closed shelves

Please remember your University ID card or Bodleian Readerís Ticket - you will be asked for it on entering the Library.

 

Evening services

The Bodleian Library aims to provide a full level of service from opening time until 17:00 on working days*. This note summarises the service standard for the Bodleian Law Library on working days after 17:00.

The minimum level of service that we aim to provide is:

Make available SOLO and Bodleian Readersí Workstations for networked databases
Provide information on how to use the catalogue
Answer directional enquiries
Make available the Reserve Collection
Basic maintenance of photocopiers and load value on to readersí photocopy cards
Accept Bodleian bookstack requests for items not covered by SOLO

Other help or services may be offered until 19:00, at the discretion of the Assistant Librarian or Evening Supervisor in charge on the evening and will depend on prevailing circumstances.

What we are unable to offer after 19:00:

Help with networked databases
Help with computers and printing 
In-depth bibliographical or reference queries
Enquiries involving checking the receipt of serials, binding records, progress of book orders and cataloguing
Reserving books to research reader desks and carrels
Using the reader/printer
Issuing day passes to new readers
Fetching from Bodleian Law Library closed shelves

After 19:00, enquiry forms and books for reservation may be left at the Desk, and will be dealt with on the next working day or Saturday.

Please remember your University ID card or Bodleian Readerís Ticket - you will be asked for it on entering the Library.

* A working day is Monday-Friday when the Library is open, from the opening time of the Library until 5 p.m. The two public holidays in May are not counted as working days.

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