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Library Services

The Library is currently open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm when you are able to access legal materials and resources in-person. Please see our opening hours for the Christmas vacation.

Enquiries and Requests for Materials

Our document supply service is available to members of all four Inns of Court Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

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

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

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, Senior Content Specialist at Thomson Reuters.

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

Social Media

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

Twitter: @inner_temple