IALS Library contact
Your primary contact in the Library is Hester Swift, the Foreign and International Law Librarian.
If you would like a brief library induction, or if you require advice about using library resources, including databases, please contact Hester. Any questions or suggestions about the Library, its services and its collections, are also welcome.
Borrowing from IALS Library
IALS research students (MPhil and PhD) are entitled to our most generous borrowing privileges. However, IALS Library is primarily a reference library, so borrowing is limited.
You may borrow:
- Four books from the main collection, for four weeks. (Please note that this period may be shortened should another reader reserve the book after you have borrowed it.)
- Three books/ looseleaf volumes from the short loan collection, for three hours. Books borrowed after 4.45 p.m. ( or 2.15 p. m. on Saturdays) are due back an hour after the Library opens the next morning (or Monday morning if borrowed on a Saturday or Sunday).
Journals and looseleaf volumes - whether short loan or main collection - are confined to the Library.
Main collection loans can be renewed by telephone or via the Library Catalogue ; this can be done up to three times, as long as no one has reserved the book. Short loans cannot be renewed in this way, but you can bring short loan books back to the Issue Desk to be reissued, unless someone else has booked them.
For more information about loans and renewals, see the Loans and Renewals page.
Access to IALS e-resources
IALS Library subscribes to a large set of electronic resources and most can be accessed remotely.
Databases: To access a database, go to the Electronic Law Library and click on the name of the database. Select "onsite" if using an IALS Library PC, or "remote access" if using your own computer. For remote access, you will need to enter the barcode number from your Library card.
Electronic journals: To access an e-journal , either remotely or in the Library, find it on the Catalogue and click on the link to the online source. (Individual e-journals are not listed on the Electronic Law Library page.)
Full details about remote access to electronic resources are available here.
Information skills and Electronic Information Training Sessions - Training at IALS Library.
Library research carrels
IALS Library research carrels are primarily used by IALS Visiting Fellows and other visiting academics. However IALS PhD students can use them for daily hire on a “first-come, first-served basis” if there is a vacant carrel available. IALS PhD students should ask in person at the Library Admissions Desk each day to see if a vacant carrel is available for hire that day: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/joining-library/library-research-carrels. The daily hire of an available vacant library research carrel is a free service for IALS PhD students only. At present IALS Library offers 30 research carrels. As part of the upcoming refurbishment, we plan to offer 40 lockable research carrels.
Additional Library study desks
At present IALS Library has 231 study desks available for users (excluding Library research carrels). As part of the Library refurbishment, we plan to increase the number of Library study desks by 50 additional desks. This should ensure that all Library users find a desk during busy periods.
Using other libraries
PhD research normally involves the use of several different libraries. There are numerous excellent University of London libraries close to IALS and the British Library is not far away.
Senate House and SAS Libraries
IALS Library is part of a group of libraries consisting of Senate House Library itself and the libraries of the institutes of the School of Advanced Study (SAS Libraries):
- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library
- Institute of Classical Studies Library
- Institute of Historical Research Library
- Senate House Library - the University of London's central library, focusing on humanities and social sciences and including the Germanic Studies Library, Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library and Latin American Studies Library.
- Warburg Institute Library - covering cultural history, art history and the history of ideas.
Your IALS Library card, or "SAS card", admits you to all of these libraries. However, borrowing is only available at Senate House Library and IALS.
Other University of London libraries
You are entitled to reference use of other University of London libraries under the University of London Libraries Access Agreement , on production of your SAS card.
You can access electronic resources at some other University of London libraries. For example, at SOAS Library, visitors can use the computers on level D to access databases, while at the LSE and UCL there are dedicated computers for visitors. Please refer to individual libraries for further details.
The British Library
The British Library is fifteen minutes' walk from IALS. Information about the collections and details of how to apply for a reader pass are available on the Library's website.
If School of Advanced Study (SAS) research students wish to access and borrow from other UK university libraries who are members of the SCONUL Access Scheme, they should:
- Complete the SCONUL Access application form online: https://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
- Once your application is approved by IALS Library, please print out the confirmation email and take this to the university library you wish to access.
- You will also need to bring along your SAS ID card or library card (check with the library beforehand to see if you need to bring a passport photograph with you).
For further information contact:
Library Administrative Officer
020 7862 5801
Nearby libraries offering borrowing under SCONUL Access include: