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Please be aware that Bristol Law Society no longer maintains a law library. We continue to keep a selection of our oldest 18th Century books which we believe were acquired when the Society was founded as part of our historical archive.

Where certain texts we previously held are not available online (generally those which related to local acts and decisions) or available in physical form at another accessible law library, we have donated or had the books ‘adopted’ by relevant institutions. Please contact Clair at for a list of where these particular titles can be located.

For any other legal texts requirements, do check out the list of local libraries and national organisations both physical and online which may be able to assist you.

University of Bristol

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 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 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:

The Law Society

Solicitors are also able to contact the national Law Society library with reference enquiries and for document delivery services. For information see their website

Bristol Central Library

Bristol Central Library has a reference library which contain many old legal texts. For information see their website