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):
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].
This selection of free legal websites is intended as a signpost for barristers, pupils and students conducting electronic research. More comprehensive lists of resources are available on the portals and gateway sites detailed below. The Library also subscribes to a number of databases, which are for in-library use only. Please refer to the E-Resources and e-books page for more information.
British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) BAILII provides access to a comprehensive collection of British and Irish legal materials, and links to similar sites worldwide
The following is a selection of sources of information about the institutions, legislation and case law of the European Union itself and portals, gateways and databases which include information from a number of Members States.
Archive of European Integration (AEI) Research materials on the topic of European integration and unification, including official European Community and European Union documents. Managed by the University of Pittsburgh.
American Bar Association A portal to resources on federal, state and international legislation, the American legal profession, legal research and business and reference information.
American Law Sources Online (ALSO) A compilation of links to free online source of US and Canadian law - covers both Federal and State legislation.