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Library & Archives

Lincoln’s Inn Library will reopen (on a rota basis with the other Inns) on 6th July.  Library staff will continue to provide an enquiry service and document delivery service remotely throughout the period to support members working from home. For further details, please click here.

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Members & Barristers

The Library is open to members of Lincoln’s Inn and all members of the Bar of England and Wales, pupil barristers and clerks.

Bar Students

The Library and all Library Services are available to student members of any of the four Inns of Court.

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Researchers interested in viewing items from the Inn’s considerable historical collections are requested to apply to the Librarian.

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Opening hours

During legal terms, the Library is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm, occasionally closing early for special functions like Call Day.

Books on the shelves


Our full catalogue is available online, with nearly all of the Library’s holdings listed.



The Library holds a considerable core collection, special collections and rare books and manuscripts.

Resources and research


The Library team provides a range of training courses on legal resources and research, tailored to focused groups, but the team are also available to respond to specific training requests.

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About the Archive

The records in our Archives begin in 1422, with the earliest entries to our Black Books, documenting life at the Inn from its beginnings as an organisation of barristers.

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Archive of the month

Digitised records

Researching Past Members