Information for Visitors and New Readers

If you are visiting the Bodleian Law Library for the first time then below are some things that may help you.

Getting access to the Law Library

You need to have a valid reader's card to access the Library. This page give details on what to do to get a card and restrictions.

How do I get to the Bodleian Law Library?

This page give details on where the law library is and how to get there?

How do I find my way around?

The Bodleian Law Library is arranged over 4 floors mainly by jurisdiction with a few exceptions.  There are many floorplans inside the library or you can see them here.  On the main floor, as you come in there is an enquiry desk and there is always someone there to help you with any queries.

Where can I sit?

There are a number of different seating areas around the library, some are restricted to research students and members of the Law Faculty.  The largest area that is open to everybody is the main reading room which is the large area as you come into the Library.  If you are unsure then ask a member of staff.

How do I find hard copy resources?

SOLO is the main Oxford Catalogue, more information can be found on the Catalogue pages.

What about online resources?

A lot of legal online resources are restricted to current OU Members.  Ask a member of staff if you are unsure whether you can access them.

Where can I photocopy, print and scan?

There is more information on the photocopying pages about where the machines are, prices and the PCAS payment system.

What about IT facilities?

There are a number of areas with computers, more information can be found on the IT and Computing page.  There is also information there about using your laptop and connecting to our Wi-Fi.


Please contact the Academic Services Librarian, Margaret Watson @ if you would like more information or a introduction to the library.

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