About the Collections
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library is in its entirety a research collection in law. It is one of the world’s leading comparative research libraries, holding significant material not otherwise available in the United Kingdom.
The Library has over 300,000 volumes and over 2500 current serial titles.
Most material is on open access with some older sets in the basement store (normally available within 10 minutes of application). Some little used material is held in an Offsite Store (for more details see below).
University of London Colleges' Master of Laws Programmes
The Institute Library provides a comprehensive library and information service to the University of London colleges' LLM programmes. It aims to have all essential LLM course materials readily available for students.
Material held in store offsite is indicated on the library online catalogue by the location statement "IALS OFFSITE STORE". It can be retrieved for use at IALS normally within 72 hours of a request being placed.
Requesting material from the offsite store ahead of your visit to the library
We recommend that materials are requested in advance, prior to your visit to the library. Please check the online catalogue and email details to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone our Library Enquiries service on 020 7862 5790. Subscribers to the Document Delivery Service should email email@example.com
Requests made in person at the Library Enquiry Desk will be processed as soon as possible to ensure prompt delivery from the store.
The material selected for offsite storage includes US journals and law reports which are available online via the Law Databases page.
Download IALS Library Collection and Retention Policy document (pdf)