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Library Services and COVID-19

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.

The Inn libraries are reopening to members from 6th July.  The libraries will open in turn throughout July and August.   Library staff will continue to provide an enquiry service and document delivery service remotely throughout the period to support members working from home. The first Inn library to be open will be Lincoln’s Inn from 6th-10th July.  We will be open 9.30-5.30.

Please check our Opening Hours page for any updates if you are planning to come into the Library after 6th July.

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 other libraries to extend the range of available resources.  In addition to our usual resources, we are also able to provide copies of material from:

  • Legalease publications including the Wills & Trusts Law Reports and their journals, including the Trusts & Estates Law & Tax Journal, Property Law Journal, Family Law Journal and Employment Law Journal.
  • Pepper v Hart database from Public Information Online (online access to Parliamentary material from 1919)
  • Common Market Law Review

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

Members’ access to online textbooks and databases

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

Oxford University Press: members of the Inn can obtain a username and password to selected online content published by Oxford University Press until 31 July 2020 – Investment Claims,  Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford Competition Law, Oxford Constitutions of the World, Oxford Historical Treaties, Oxford International Organizations, Oxford Legal Research Library, Oxford Reports on International Law, Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law, US Constitutional Law.  Click here to see the list of available books.

To request a login please email us at

Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales: in partnership with the Inns of Court, ICLR is providing members of the Bar with free access to its online platform, ICLR Online, until 30 November 2020.  Please see below for more information.

Trial access to online books and databases

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.

Thomson Reuters legal databases: Westlaw, Lawtel and Practical Law
Members of the Inn can sign up to a one-week trial for:
Westlaw – access to legislation, case law, EU legal materials and journals via Westlaw
Lawtel – access to UK and EU case law, legislation and articles
Practical Law – access to practice notes, standard documents, checklists, forms, legal updates, global guides.

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

Lexis Library – primary sources, commentary and Know How

Lexis is offering barristers seven day trial access to the most comprehensive of its Lexis Library offerings, comprising UK legislation, over 700,000 cases and key reference sources such as the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents and Atkin’s Court Forms.

The database also includes Halsbury’s Laws, the Butterworths and Tolley’s handbooks and many key texts such as Laddie, Prescott and Vitoria: The Modern Law of Copyright, Cook on Costs and Hill and Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant.

Members can also request trial access to Lexis PSL for practice notes, precedents, forms and current awareness alerts across 35 practice areas.

Click here to request trial access.

Public Information Online - Pepper v Hart database

A recently-launched searchable database of Parliamentary materials relating to the passage of legislation, including Acts, Bills, Lords papers, Standing Committee/Public Bill Committee debates, Hansards and Acts dating back to 1919.  The database enables users to carry out keyword searching across the material relating to a single Act – a major improvement on the material available on free Internet sites.

Contact Donna Ravenhill at Dandy Booksellers for a free trial /  Tel: 020 7624 2993

vLex Justis

UK barristers can now access a free 14-day trial and a new 3 month access plan for law reports and case law available on vLex Justis.  For more information, including a list of full coverage details, please click here.

ICLR Online

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales, in partnership with the Inns of Court, is providing members of the Bar with free access to its online platform, ICLR Online, until 30 November 2020.

ICLR Online provides access to the following content:

  • The Law Reports (Appeal Cases, Chancery, Family and Queen’s Bench)
  • The Weekly Law Reports
  • The Industrial Cases Reports
  • The Business Law Reports
  • The Public and Third Sector Law Reports
  • WLR Daily Case Summaries
  • Unreported judgments

Eligibility and conditions for a remote pass:

To be eligible for a remote pass to ICLR Online you must meet the following criteria:

1. You must be a member of one of the four Inns of Court. We will ask you to specify your Inn of Court in an online form.

2. You must not already possess a subscription to ICLR Online.

3. You must be based in the United Kingdom.

4. Your access and use of ICLR Online is subject to ICLR’s standard terms and conditions.

5. ICLR reserves the right to refuse access to any individual and to terminate access to ICLR Online without notice.

To request a pass to ICLR online, click here: