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Scope of the Collections

UK materials

The Library holds about 150,000 volumes, the core of which is a comprehensive range of English legal materials for the practitioner and bar student. Although all topics are covered, Chancery practice is particularly catered for in the acquisition of English materials.

For a list of our current textbooks by subject, please see our Quick Reference Guide

For a list of the subject specialisations of each Inn library, please see our Subject Specialisation list

Within the British Isles, materials on the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are a speciality - the other jurisdictions in the UK only receive fairly basic coverage.

Commonwealth materials

The Library also holds extensive collections of Commonwealth legislation and law reports (though relatively few textbooks and journals). The current acquisitions policy is to concentrate mainly on Australia and New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Pacific, and Africa, with Inner Temple Library having primary responsibility for Canada, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and the Caribbean, though the Library does hold some materials from those jurisdictions.

Parliamentary materials

The Library holds a virtually complete set of all Parliamentary papers and debates from 1801. The main exception is House of Commons Standing Committee debates (published separately from the main Hansard) which, other than for a small selection for sessions 1954/55 to 1971/72, are held only from 1983/84.

The staff are always willing to give assistance in using Parliamentary materials, and are experienced in helping with "Pepper v Hart" research in particular.

For the scope of the other Inns' collections see The other Inn libraries.

For rare books and non-legal material see Rare books and manuscripts

 

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