IALS Library

From Friday 10th December 2021 there is a legal requirement to wear face coverings while moving around the building.
Please also continue to 
maintain 1m+ social distancing. 
Library members can continue to request IALS books online and then borrow them onsite from IALS Library at 17 Russell Square using the Click, Collect & Return book loan service.


If you have a question, ask us through the  “Chat with a librarian” service (available weekdays 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00) or email the reference desk at ials@sas.ac.uk. We are happy to continue helping you virtually.

contactGet in touch with IALS Library

email: ials@sas.ac.uk

Reference Desk: +44 (0)20 7862 5790

Issue & Enquiry Desk: +44 (0)20 7862 5834

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In the Library


IALS is mainly a reference library with shorter loan periods to ensure that books are available on site as much as possible. This is supported each year  by our Reader Survey results. IALS adopted a more flexible approach with longer loan periods and an increased  number of books on loan during the Covid-19 lockdown period. However, from the week starting 27 September 2021, we will return to previous arrangements. Please see Borrowing, renewing and returning for further information. 

Finding resources

Law databases

An extensive range of law databases is available, providing online access to cases, legislation, journal articles, e-books and other material:-

Library services

Assistance and advice

Library services are supported through the Enquiries Desk on the 2nd floor. For in-depth reference advice and for help with using MS Word, please make an appointment with a librarian for one-to-one assistance. A programme of Information skills training sessions is offered by the Library during the year. The librarians at IALS have written a number of guides as an aid to legal research, to help you use the library and to find the resources you need.

IALS Library team

Library staff

Computing services

Over 45 PCs are available, with internet access and Microsoft Office applications. We also offer onsite laptop loans and free WiFi. Printing, photocopying and scanning facilities are also available.

Study space

A quiet study environment is maintained in all reading rooms. Library research carrels are available to hire for postgraduate researchers and academics.

Remote Services

Online legal research tools

IALS Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue gives full details of our national research collection for law, including the Law databases available through IALS Library.

IALS Legal Research Tools

The Institute has developed a wide range of legal research tools that are freely available online to all researchers and scholars in the UK and around the world. For more information and access see IALS Digital

Law Databases

Many law databases are available offsite for academic use, providing you with access to primary law resources and legal commentary wherever you are in the world. Access with current IALS Library membership details from our Electronic Law Library  

Page last updated: 5th January 2022