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Library Services and Covid-19

Library services for members and the COVID-19 pandemic

The Lincoln’s Inn Library team is maintaining the Library service as far as possible, while the Inn remains closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please email us with enquiries or document delivery requests and we will do our best to assist.

Research Enquiries

Staff are able to access a broad range of legal sources online and will be able to assist with enquiries and provide guidance on sources and search strategies.

Our resources are obviously not as extensive as when the Library is open, but please do continue to contact us.  We are collaborating with colleagues in other libraries and with publishers and will do our utmost to assist.

Please contact us by email at for any enquiries.  We regret that we are not currently able to respond to telephone enquiries.

Document Supply

We can continue to supply material:

·         for court proceedings

·         for research and private study

·         which is not subject to copyright restrictions.

To request an item please complete the Document Supply Form as usual. During this closure period we will not be charging for document supply.

We are mainly reliant on our online sources to respond to these requests, but are liaising with suppliers, colleagues across the Inns of Court and in other libraries to extend the range of available resources.  From the week beginning 30th March, we are also able to provide copies of material from many Sweet & Maxwell books, including the Common Law Library titles, available via Westlaw.  Click here to see the list of available books.

We may also have occasional access to the Library’s print holdings in the coming weeks.

Sources for Barrister and Student Members

Bloomsbury Law Online: members of the Inn can obtain a personal username and password to an online library of law books published by Bloomsbury Law Online.  Click here to see the list of available books.

To request a login please email us at

Sweet & Maxwell books: members of the Inn can sign up to a one-week trial for access to many key practitioner texts published by Sweet & Maxwell, available via Westlaw.  Click here to see the list of available books.

To request a trial, please contact, Account Manager at Thomson Reuters.