Middle Temple is prepared to reimburse candidates' reasonable travel expenses, up to a maximum of £65, to attend an interview, where required, for the following scholarships/awards:
The Library offers its members a wide range of services, including computer and copying facilities, document delivery, iPads, legal reference, legal research training, loans (overnight and one week) and webinars.
The Library has limited opening hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time we are offering a free document delivery service from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, for any Inn of Court member. Requests must be made using our copyright declaration form below. This offer may be rescinded at any time. Priority will be given to requests made for judicial purposes. We are unable to supply documents for commercial purposes, such as research for advice and opinions.
Middle Temple Library opening dates and times are listed below. Measures and restrictions have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of members and staff. In order to adhere to government guidance on social distancing, the number of members allowed into the library at any one time will be restricted. Please read our COVID-19 Safety Precautions that are in place at the Inn.
The library will then be open as follows:
What legal research training does the Library offer?
The Library runs regular free legal research training sessions which all Inns of Court members can attend. All sessions qualify for CPD.
The training year begins in October with a number of ‘Essentials of Practical Legal Research’ sessions, suitable for students but all members at any stage of their careers are welcome to attend.
Other sessions in winter include ‘Advanced Electronic Searching’ and ‘Navigating the Free Legal Web’.
Middle Temple Library holds approximately 30,000 legal titles in 250,000 volumes, including legislation, case law, textbooks, student manuals, loose-leaf publications, journals and law reports. The Library collects legal texts in certain specialist subject areas such as banking, commercial law and arbitration, competition, employment, insurance, professional negligence and shipping, amongst others. We are also the specialist library for ecclesiastical law; more information on this collection is available below. The other three Inn libraries cover the remaining specialist subjects.
The European collection was established with the UK's accession to the European Union in 1973. It provides coverage of EU law, and basic coverage of the law of the member states. Materials are collected in English where available, however, some titles are held in German or French to increase coverage. Following the Agreement on the European Economic Area in 1994, the scope of EU law has widened to include all the EFTA countries except Switzerland.
The Library holds a range of government and parliamentary publications. Electronic databases such as Justis, Lawtel, Lexis, Public Information Online, U.K. Parliamentary Papers, Westlaw and Legislation.gov.uk (free) also provide access to a range of official publications. Westlaw and Lexis provide up to date coverage of legislation, with reliable commentary and annotations; Justis provides the original text of all legislation since 1235; PIO provides Pepper v Hart materials.
Middle Temple Library possesses one of the largest collections of American legal materials outside the United States. This extensive collection is located on the third floor of the Library. The Middle Temple has always enjoyed a close relationship with the United States with links going back to Elizabethan times.
All of the Library’s materials (including the majority of the law reports and journal titles contained in our subscription databases) can be located by searching our online catalogue. The catalogue may be accessed online, via any of the Library's computer terminals, or by using the search box embedded in this page (when using Firefox a security warning will appear which is safe to ignore):