Although we know that the Inn had a small library prior to 1540, an early account about the Inns of Court states that Middle Temple ‘had a simple library in which were not many bookes besides the law and that library by meanes that it stood always open, and that the learners had not each a key unto it, it was at last robbed of all the bookes in it’!
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].
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Investigating the recordkeeping practises of earlier generations at the Inn and the how documents gradually moved from the Treasury to their final home in the Archive Repository.
While our catalogue is not available for public consultation, listed below are the majority of the series held by the Middle Temple Archive, with dates of coverage, divided into administrative sections. This is intended to enable researchers to assess the archive's resources and narrow their enquiries.
Illustrating the Inn's well-established and ongoing royal connections, looking at records and objects including a disgruntled letter from King Charles I and a unique silver bowl.
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.
Looking at the purchase, enjoyment and effects of wine, beer and liquor at the Inn, from the 'Sack' and 'Lisbone' wines served to the Benchers in the 1740s to the misdemeanours of students and staff alike over the centuries.
Looking at archival records which tell the (often dramatic) stories of the Inn's porters and watchmen, and exploring their personalities, heroism and misdemeanours, by way of noisy policemen, plundering soldiers and the Great Plague of London.