The Library subscribes to the following legal databases, journals and law reports. Access to subscription-based resources is only available in the Library apart from Bloomsbury Professional Online, Lexis PSL and PLI+ which can be accessed remotely upon application to the Library. Frequently used resources which do not require a subscription are also included in this list and are indicated as [free].
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’!
John Ogilby's Africa, 1670
The breadth of the subject matter of the older books in the Inn's library attests to its members' interests. When Robert Ashley bequeathed his personal book collection to the Inn in 1641, it came to possess a wide-ranging library covering, not only law, but travel and geography, divinity, history and philosophy. Many of these remain in the Library’s collection of rare books while the social, economic, political, legal, educational and architectural history of the Middle Temple can be followed in the Inn's rich Archives.
Le liver des assises & plees del corone, 1580
Under Treasurer and Chief Executive
The Inn, two decades into the twenty-first century, is a robust institution which looks to the future and respects its past. The conditions laid out by James I in the 1608 charter (confirmed by Her Majesty the Queen in 2008 with a second charter) – to provide education and accommodation for lawyers – remain at the core of the Inn’s mission, and it strives to serve and support its members at all points in their careers.