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Document Supply

The Library is able to supply photocopies by email to barristers provided that copyright is not infringed.

We can supply copies of material for the following purposes as these are specifically permitted under the copyright legislation:

  • Judicial proceedings
  • Non-commercial research or private study
  • We can also copy material which is out of copyright (as a rule of thumb, this is material which was published more than 125 years ago) and material which is governed by Crown copyright.

These exemptions are limited so please consult our Copyright FAQs page for more information.

As the Library is currently closed to readers, there will be no charge for supplying copies of material covered by the categories above.

The Library receives a very large volume of requests, so please only request what is necessary. 

If you need a copy of material for a purpose not covered by the above exemptions (e.g. for research for an opinion or advice), the Library is usually able to provide a copy, but we will be charged a fee by the Copyright Licensing Agency.  Please be aware that you will continue to be charged this fee if you make a request for this purpose and apply on the form below choosing ‘Other’ in the dropdown box.

To request copying please:

  • Complete the relevant form below.
  • Note that this constitutes a legally binding declaration that you require the copy for the purpose stated.
  • Include as much detail about the document as possible, such as a title, author, page number, citation, party name, etc. If you’re struggling to locate cases, legislation or journal articles, we’re happy to find them for you or direct you to an alternative source.

If the item is required urgently or you need assisting locating a document reference please contact the library enquiry desk providing as much information as possible.

We will do what we can to assist, but please be aware that we are unable to carry out in-depth research on your behalf.

Request Legal Materials