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Library Services and COVID-19 – Update

The Library is now open and is operating a booking system for admission. See below for the opening hours.

We are working hard to provide as robust a Library service as possible in these difficult circumstances and are aware of our users’ need for access to legal materials.

That being the case, we will be continuing to provide a free document supply service via email to members of the Inns of Court wherever they are working.

In addition, our librarians are available to answer your enquiries via email, Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Enquiries and Requests for Materials

Members of the Inns of Court – please contact us at with any requests for material so that we can, where possible, provide this via email.

Clerks – please contact us at if you need to copy materials and we will arrange to do this on your behalf where this is practicable.

Library Opening

Please see below for the dates and opening times of each Library.

In order to ensure a safe environment for our users when the Inner Temple Library is open, we have brought in certain measures which will impact upon the way the Library operates.

Our priority is to maintain a Library space in which users can feel comfortable and confident that all precautions have been taken on their behalf.

To comply with social distancing guidelines the number of reader places available has been reduced to 10 and we have introduced a booking system for using the Library. This will mean that the Library will be closed to users unless they have booked in advance.

You will be required to wear a face covering when moving around the Library or interacting with others. You do not have to wear a face covering when seated at your desk.

Details of our booking system can be found here.

Inn Libraries' Opening Hours
Gray's InnMonday-Friday10.00am - 4.00pm
Inner TempleMonday- Friday10.00am - 4.00pm
Lincoln's InnMonday-Thursday
9.00am - 7.00pm
9.00am - 6.00pm
Middle TempleMonday-Friday10.00am - 4.00pm

Services and Resources

Members’ Access to Databases

We have a limited number of logins which will allow us to make Bloomsbury Professional and Lexis®PSL available by remote access to practising barristers who are members of the Inner Temple.

Bloomsbury Professional Online – a list of database content can be viewed here.

Lexis®PSL – the service provides practice notes, forms, precedents, authoritative commentary and current awareness for 35 practice areas.

Enquiries about remote access may be sent to or

ICLR Online – The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting is offering free access to ICLR Online for a limited period up to 31 January 2021 to members of the four Inns who are practising barristers based in the UK. If you are a practising barrister and would like to take advantage of the ICLR offer, click on this link, which will take you to an online landing page with explanatory material and a form to complete to request remote access.

Trial Access to Databases

The online publishers are offering trial access to a number of databases to barrister members of the Inner Temple and the other Inns as described below.

Lexis Library

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.

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

To request a trial, please contact, Bar Account Manager at Lexis.

Thomson Reuters legal databases

Barrister members of the Inns can sign up to a one-week trial for:

  • Westlaw – access to case law, legislation, journals and EU legal materials. A list of available books can be viewed here.
  • Sweet & Maxwell books – access to key practitioners texts available via Westlaw. A list of available books can be viewed here.
  • Lawtel – access to UK and EU case law, legislation and articles.
  • Practical Law – access to practice notes, standard documents, checklists, forms, legal updates and global guides.

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

vLex Justis

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

Subject Guides

We are publishing a series of subject guides to make users aware of the electronic resources to which the Library currently has access. The guides cover, as far as possible, key textbooks, law reports, journals, laws and free web sources; please note, however, that textbooks and laws are not available for all subject areas.

Subject guides to Australian Law, Canadian Law, Caribbean Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Hong Kong Law, India Law, Intellectual Property Law and Personal Injury Law are now available on our website.

Free Resources

To assist legal practitioners Inner Temple Library staff have developed two complementary free online services.


A gateway site, providing annotated links to over 1,300 free UK, Commonwealth and worldwide legal resources including case law, legislation, commentary and organisations. Entries are arranged in five sections: United Kingdom, Commonwealth, Other Jurisdictions, Legal Subject Areas and General Resources.

Current Awareness Blog

A selective Current Awareness blog, updated daily, providing information on new case law, changes in legislation, and legal news, as well as articles, case comments and conference papers from chambers’ websites. Coverage is restricted to England and Wales.

Research Tips

We post daily research tips on Facebook and Twitter to help lawyers and librarians find free legal materials.


eResource Training

Working with the database providers, the Library is offering eResource training for Inner Temple members.

Please contact if you are interested in web-based training on Lexis Library & Lexis®PSL, Westlaw & Practical Law and JustisOne.

Legal Research FAQS

Our online guides aim to answer questions frequently asked of the staff at the Inner Temple Library. They include free web-based sources, hard copy materials and subscription-based databases. Subjects covered include UK Law; EU Law, Treaties and Parliamentary Publications.


A series of database and legal research guides are available on our website.

Contact Details

Library Enquiries
Tel.: 020 7797 8217*
*during Library opening hours only

Social Media

For further updates you can follow the Inner Temple Library on social media.

Twitter: @inner_temple