Spaces at the Law Library

Two readers sit facing each other either side of a wooden desk, the room behind is light and airy

In line with the latest government guidance, you must wear a face covering in library reading rooms, unless you are exempt. Find out more about staying safe in our spaces and other service updates.

Please note that, due to COVID-19 regulations, some of these rooms and spaces are currently not bookable. Please contact with any questions.



There are several different kinds of workspace in the Bodleian Law Library. Some are restricted to research students and members of the Law Faculty.  

Use our floorplans (PDF) to find your way around the Bodleian Law Library or ask library staff for help.  

Please note that no food is allowed in the library. You may only bring bottled water and drinks in KeepCups.

Seating spaces

The Just In Corner

If you would like a more relaxed reading area, there is a new journal display with soft seating available. This is in the main reading room to the left of the entrance. This area also has the Oxford Authors' display, showing recent publications by present and past Law Faculty members.

Nearby is a long desk with a couple of Quick Search terminals to search the catalogue, one Bodleian Library computer, and the Reader Printer for printing from microfilm or fiche.

Main floor

The main reading room is open to everybody. This is the large area as you come into the library on Level 2. There are a number of desks that are reserved for research students, but these are clearly marked.

Ground floor seating

There are desks along the corridor leading to the IT Training Room and there is more seating in the Official Papers section. There is also a height-adjustable desk outside Discussion Room 1.

Level 1 seating

If you do not want to sit in the main reading room, there are desks available on Level 1. This is mainly outside the Seminar Room, but there is a separate desk at the far end.

Closed carrels

There is a small number of closed carrels in the library. They are primarily intended for readers with special educational needs but may sometimes be made available for small groups working on special projects (eg mooting competitions). Please ask library staff for information.

Discussion rooms and seminar room

The Bodleian Law Library has three discussion rooms and a seminar room available for academics or students to book.

The discussion rooms are on the ground floor. Discussion Room 1 and Discussion Room 2 are opposite the Small Computer Room. Discussion Room 3 is next to the Large IT Room. The seminar room is located on the first floor. All rooms have a relatively strong Wi-Fi signal.

We are not taking bookings for these rooms as occupancy numbers and other restrictions are still in place. Please contact for further information. 


  • These rooms are available for Bodleian Library and University of Oxford-related purposes.
  • No food or drink is permitted in any of these rooms, except for bottled water with a sports-cap or screw-top, or drinks in Bodleian KeepCups.
  • Rooms may usually be booked for a maximum of 2 hours at a time, up to 1 week in advance.
  • Room bookings are not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from the Bodleian Law Library staff.
  • Please visit our booking site to check availability and for more information about the spaces, including images.


This room seats 4 people. It has a whiteboard, 2 power sockets and 2 Ethernet network points.


This room is suitable for up to 6 people. It has audio-visual equipment. Basic instructions are provided, and equipment can be borrowed from the main enquiry desk. It also has a whiteboard and Ethernet network points. 


This room is suitable for 3 – 4 people. It has a whiteboard and Ethernet network points.


The seminar room is on the first floor and can seat up to 15 people. It may be used for academic meetings and seminars on weekdays when the library is open. It has a pull-down screen, but you will need to ask for a projector, as no projector is housed in the room. It also has a whiteboard and Ethernet network points. 

Other rooms

IT Training Room

The IT Training Room is on the ground floor, in the far corner or straight along the corridor as you go down the main stairs. It has 24 workstations and is intended for the use of Law Faculty students and staff. The room is used for teaching the undergraduate Legal Research Skills Programme, for the Legal Research Classes programme, and for training in the use of legal databases.  

When the room is not being used for teaching, members of faculty and students may use the computers for general academic use.  

Small Computer Room

There is a smaller computer room available to use. This is also located on the ground floor. The room has 7 PCs and is available to use during most of the year. There are occasional classes held in this room; please ask staff for more information.

Graduate Reading Room

The Graduate Reading Room is on the ground floor, next to the Small Computer Room. It is available for any postgraduate student to use, as well as BCL and MJur students who prepare a brief dissertation as part of a taught course. It offers desks and network ports to plug in laptops, plus a relatively strong Wi-Fi signal. The room also has soft seating and a whiteboard. The room is a silent study area and should not be used for group discussions. You may bring books from any part of the library into this room, including the Law Reserve collection.

Photocopying Room

The Photocopying Room is still located off the main reading room to the left of the entrance. It has 3 Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS) machines for self-service photocopying, scanning and printing