Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Contact details

Website: Email: Telephone: reference desk - +44 (0)207 8625790; issue & enquiry desk - +44 (0)207 8625834

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

About the library

The national research library for law - with over 300,000 legal texts, online databases and focused legal research projects.

IALS has one of the largest law research libraries in Europe. It is particularly rich in the law of the UK, Commonwealth and European countries, the USA and EU, as well as foreign, international and comparative law. IALS also manages several legal archive collections.

IALS is part of the Senate House Libraries at the University of London. The main University of London libraries catalogue is available online.

British Library inter-library loan codes

Library code


Policy code


For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? Yes.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. See their website for details. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


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