Bristol Law Society is the oldest local law society in England and Wales and hosts a large collection of historic legal reference materials including journals, case reports and text books. Members of the Society are most welcome to visit our offices, at the Law Library on Small Street, and to use the library for their own research and study purposes (during our normal opening hours or by special arrangement).
The library offers over 10,000 textbooks, law reports, periodicals and journals and is available to members of Bristol Law Society for research and quiet study. Members can also now use the library’s wi-fi facility. It has disabled access. The library is also used as a venue for some of BLS’s courses and other functions and can be made available as a meeting place for legal practitioners.
Normal opening hours are Mondays from 10am until 5.30pm and Tuesdays to Fridays 9am to 5:30 pm although occasionally the library closes early for meetings or courses. Please call 0117 945 8486 or email the BLS office on firstname.lastname@example.org to check.
Bristol Law Society’s Law Library is not open to the members of the public.
We regret that we are currently unable to offer any research or information services or to respond to specific enquiries for legal information or advice to practitioners. However, full members of the Society are entitled to access the Wills Memorial Library (Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ) and other collections held by the University of Bristol’s Library Service, upon payment of a nominal administration fee for registration.
Please note that if you wish to register, you must apply to the University of Bristol Library in advance by emailing email@example.com. Applications may take up to 5 working days to process.
If you do not wish or are not eligible to register, the University of Bristol Library Services now offer offer a Visitor Scheme whereby up to 40 people a day can apply for a One Day Pass, free of charge, on production of ID, to use the University Library for Reading & Reference.
For full details and conditions (including restriction periods) please see:
BLS full members are also able to contact the national Law Society library with reference enquiries and for document delivery services. For information see their website www.lawsociety.org.uk.