Other benefactors

The Bodleian Law Library is fortunate to receive donations from individuals and smaller firms which go towards our collection development fund. These donations provide us with the opportunity to make special purchases which would otherwise not be funded from our annual materials allocation. Occasionally such a donation will be targeted at a certain practice area, such as taxation law, or human rights law. At other times it will be for a specific title, or even, occasionally, for a much needed piece of equipment. Current benefactors who provide funding for books which is given in conjunction with prizes awarded to students include the following:

Barristers’ Chambers:

Francis Taylor Chambers
5 Stone Buildings
Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers

Law firms:

Pinsent Masons

Professional services firms:



The Planethood Foundation


Allan Myers QC (Australia) generously provides support for the maintenance of the Australian collection, including the Australian database, WestlawAU.

Prof. Stephen A. Scott from Toronto provided donations to support the Canadian collection.

Endowment funds:

In 1998 The Rhodes Trust provided a generous donation for the establishment of a Trust Fund to support the Commonwealth collection.

In addition, the Law Library derives ongoing income for book purchases from two endowment funds established over 20 years ago. These came from the Club OASIS, an overseas lawyers' club which included a generous endowment from the Horace W Goldsmith Foundation, based in New York. Purchases from this fund support the European collection. The other ongoing endowment fund is the Thomas Casswell Memorial Fund, which is also used to support the Commonwealth collection.

Past benefactors have included: law firms Herbert Smith, Norton Rose, Simmons & Simmons, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Eversheds. The City Solicitors' Educational Trust provided donations to the Bodleian Law Library which was used to supplement our foreign law book purchases.

Baker & McKenzie made generous contributions to the Bodleian Law Library between 2003 and 2016.

We are extremely grateful for this generosity, and appreciate the thoughtfulness of donors who continue to provide the opportunity for us to maintain the best law collection in the United Kingdom. 

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