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E-resources and e-books

The Library subscribes to the following legal databases, electronic journals and law reports. Access to subscription-based resources is only available in the Library, apart from Bloomsbury Professional Online and PLI+ which can be accessed remotely by members of Middle Temple who are authorised to practise in England and Wales, upon application to the Library. Frequently used resources which do not require a subscription are included in this list and indicated as [free].

We also have a selection of e-books. These are viewable on computer 3, located at Bay 30. E-books such as Archbold, Blackstone's Criminal and Civil Practice, Chitty on Contracts, Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice, amongst others are also available to consult on the Library iPads. The iPads can be used in the Library free-of-charge, or borrowed from one day to one week for a small fee. Ask at the Enquiry Desk for more details.

You can search the catalogue for all titles (books, journals, law reports) available electronically here:  


A more extensive selection of free legal websites is available on our Links for Lawyers pages.

BAILII : database covering British and Irish case law. Useful for finding transcripts [free].

Bloomsbury Professional Online : database providing full-text access to 21 practice areas [remote access available by contacting the Library on:].

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations : database of citation abbreviations [free].

Caselaw Access Project - all official, book-published state and federal United States case law [free]

Courts Service : access to information on HM Courts and Tribunals services [free].

Curia : Court of Justice of the European Union : database of case law from the CJEU [free].

Eur-Lex : database of European Union law, including full-text access to the Official Journal [free].

European Air Law : regularly updated compendium of legislation and case law concerning aviation in Europe.
Find Case Law - The National Archive's database publishing court and tribunal decisions from The Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, and Upper Tribunals. : a United Kingdom public sector information website which provides a single point of access to HM Government services including various publications of individual departments and other government bodies [free].

Hansard : the Official Report of all parliamentary debates, from May 2010, for both Houses of Parliament available to search and browse. Older debates can be accessed for the Commons  and the Lords [free].

HeinOnline : full-text access to American and International legal journals and US primary materials including the United States Reports, United States Statutes at Large, the United States Code and the Congressional Record.

HUDOC : database of case law from the European Court of Human Rights [free].

i-law (informa) : full-text access to titles including Arbitration Law, Building Law Reports, Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, Insurance Law Monthly, Lloyd's Law Reporter, Lloyd's Law Reports, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Lloyd's Maritime Law Newsletter, Lloyd's Reinsurance Law Reports, LLR: Financial Crime, LLR: Insurance & Reinsurance and a whole host of maritime law books.

IMF eLibrary : Over 2,800 full-text books and 13 journals on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, amongst other topics have made available online by the International Monetary Fund [free].

Incorporated Council of Law Reporting : full-text access to the official Law Reports.

Kluwer Arbitration : full-text access to over 300 arbitration books and 17 journals, as well as arbitration awards from a variety of international organisations

Kluwer Competition : full-text access to over 130 books on competition law and 8 journals.

Lawtel : database covering UK case law and legislation and European Court of Human Rights judgments and EU legislation. : official site of revised and enacted UK legislation, with full-text legislation back to 1988 [free].

Lexis Library [UK] : database covering reported and unreported cases, legislation and journal articles. Includes access to Atkin's Court Forms and commentary such as Buckley on the Companies Acts, as well as Halsbury's Laws of England and All ER (D) cases (All England Law Reports (Digests).

Lexis PSL: database of practical guidance for lawyers; practice notes, checklists, forms, precedents, cases, Acts, calculators and links to Butterworths sources [access is available on site, and Middle Temple practitioner members can sign up for remote access by contacting the Library on:

Libero : catalogue of Northern Ireland law resources provided by the Law Society of Northern Ireland [free].

LLMC Digital : An American database providing access to administrative, legislative and judicial materials digitized from microfiche collections of the Law Library Microform Consortium. Included are strong collections from U.S. federal and state jurisdictions, the United Kingdom, Canada and international organizations amongst various selected materials from other jurisdictions.

London Library : Middle Temple’s institutional subscription allows onsite access to the London Library’s remote e-resources, such as JSTOR, the Times Digital Archive and ProQuest Historical Newspapers as well as a number of law journals.

Middle Temple Library Blog : A blog written by Middle Temple Library staff, with legal research tips, Brexit highlights, highlights from the rare books collection and other updates to Library services [free].

Official Documents of EU institutions : official documents from European Union institutions, agencies and other bodies, including treaties and charters [free].

Oxford Competition Law (OCL) : an OUP platform containing enhanced online versions of OUPs' key commentaries in EU competition law, including Bellamy & Child: European Union law of competition, Faull & Nikpay on The EU law of competition and Richard Whish's Competition law. It combines commentaries with selective national case reports and analysis from EU member states.
Oxford Legal Research Library : providing access to the most authoritative list on financial law, integrated and fully searchable digital access to some of the leading works relevant to international commercial arbitration and international business law, and key reference works in private international law.

PLI+ : provides full-text access to the publications of the Practising Law Institute (archived back to 1980), including treaties, course handbooks, answer books, forms and journals. A limited number of remote access logins are available. Contact the library for further information on:

Practical Law : provides access to practice notes, legal updates, CPD resources and standard documents amongst other resources. Also includes access to PLC Magazine.

Public Information Online: allows users to follow the progress of Bills in Parliament and view relevant papers for a particular Act, including Lords papers, Bills, Standing Committee/Public Bill Committee and Hansards dating back to 1919.

U.K. Government Web Archive : The National Archives archives UK central government information, including videos, tweets, images and websites dating from 1996 to present.

U.K Parliamentary Papers : provides access via Proquest to 18th and 19th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 20th Century Parliamentary Papers and House of Lord Parliamentary Papers 1800-1910.

Westlaw UK: provides access to reported cases, transcripts, legislation and journal articles. Includes access to Legal Journals Index. Click on arrow next to Viewing: Westlaw UK to access a selection of e-books and the IDS Employment Law Handbooks.

Westlaw US : database covering US case law and legislation - click on Home at the top of the page to access the content covered by our subscription. To access EU materials in subscription click here.

White Book Updating Service : provides access to updated versions of the Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Directions and the Supreme Court Rules and Practice Directions, incorporating changes made since the last White Book release.