New Look Westlaw International

If you are an avid user of Westlaw International you may have noticed that since Friday there is another link when you click on Services titled ‘International Materials‘.  It’s not a separate service but a new Westlaw platform for its international materials which is part of their WestlawNext platform.    This post will have a […]

Welcome to Michaelmas Term 2015

A very warm welcome to all new and returning students! Last year we were celebrating our 50th birthday – this year  we are having some renovation work done. To keep our readers fully  informed we have a web page called refurbishment which deals outlines the expected time scale of the works, while we are using […]

Oxford Open Doors, 11 and 12 September 2015

The Bodleian Law Library is participating in this year’s Oxford Open Doors weekend on Friday and Saturday, 11-12 September 2015.  The purpose of the event is to enable a wider public to see interesting and important buildings, including many that are not normally open to visitors, and, equally, to learn about the activities that take place in […]

The value of libraries; the adoption of the TIPP. 2 recent blogs

Librarians Ruth Bird (@oxfordbirds) and Margaret Watson (@MargaretLawBod) have recently published blogs on issues that may be of interest to our readers. Ruth wrote about the value of libraries in the Canadian forum,, with this introduction: “I am using the column this time to explain my anxiety that society risks losing too much as the […]

AALL Member Makes History with Citation in Supreme Court Opinion

John Cannan, research and instructional services librarian at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, made the history books yesterday, June 25 2015. The United States Supreme Court opinion King v. Burwell cites Cannan’s Law Library Journal article, “A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History,” […]

What is a bank holiday?

Any British person will tell you that there are two bank holidays in May, one at the beginning and one at the end: indeed the government itself lists them as such on its own website, but although that is how they’re commonly known, in England and Wales they are arrived at by two different legal […]

The St Cross Building and its architects

As we begin preparations for our participation in “Oxford Open Doors” in September, we realize that many people may not be aware of the commemorative book that we published for the 50th anniversary of the Law Library last year.  The book included an architectural introduction which is reproduced below. The entire book (Celebrating 50 Years […]

Oxford legal research library

No – not a definition of the Law Bod, but the name of another platform of e-books from Oxford University Press – known as OLRL for short! The subject areas of this e-library are titles on International Commercial Arbitration (ICMA), International Commercial Law (ICML), Financial and Banking Law (FBL), and Private International Law (PRIL). The […]

Finding EU documents: good news for EU researchers

Where can I find … Jean Monnet’s speeches at the inauguration of the European Coal and Steel Community High Authority in August 1952, Luxembourg … or … a 2010 EU study of gender differences in educational outcomes … or …a 1976 study on the mobility of performing artists within the European Community? At one time, […]