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Library & Archives

The Library is a modern working legal reference library for use by members of Lincoln’s Inn and by the Bar as a whole.  It is staffed by experienced and qualified law librarians, who are always willing to help members and barristers whether in person or by phone or email.  As well as providing a full range of legal databases, it prides itself on the depth of its traditional printed collections.

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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

Our hours are 9.00 to 19.00 Monday to Friday.  For further information, please see our Opening Hours page.

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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A signed black and white photograph of Cornelia Sorabji. She wears a long, flowing dress and sits in a chair.

Tales from the Archive

Black ink calligraphy writing on aged paper - an entry in the Black Book from 20 May 1696

Digitised records

Photograph of Mercy Ashworth, first woman to be called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, 1923

Researching Past Members