Joining Us

Membership is open to solicitors’ practices, barristers’ chambers, individual Barrister members and In-House bodies.


Solicitors Subscriptions start at £377 for a full year for a sole practitioner with no fee earning staff. Corporate subscriptions are calculated on a sliding scale.

Barristers subscriptions start at £285 for a year, rising on a sliding scale depending on year of call.

Membership is welcomed from anywhere in the UK.

Please email the Librarian for details of current rates.

As a company limited by the guarantee of its members, the constitution of the society means that Manchester Incorporated Law Library Society cannot accept requests for research or access to the collections if you are not a member or annual subscriber to the Library.

The Library is a not-for-profit organisation, which is solely funded privately by members’ subscriptions. 

Unfortunately we cannot permit non-members to use the facilities for free or on an ad-hoc basis. We do not offer day pass memberships.

You must be a practising lawyer to become a member. The Articles of Association and Company documents for the Law Library can be viewed on Companies House Website

Benefits and Facilities

In addition to a wide range of legal texts, reports, journals and legislation (see the resources page) members are welcome to draw on the experience of the library team who will aim to assist them with research, where possible.

The library has access to the major electronic databases Lexis Library, Lexis PSL and can access these on behalf of members (licence permitting). We also have access to Parliamentary Papers, including Hansard debates, and Command Papers dating back to 1835.
We can often obtain case law, legislation, and resources from International sources worldwide.
The Library has a broadband internet connection, with free Wi-Fi for members use. Caselaw, legislation and various journal articles can be obtained from Lexis, Lexis PSL  (subject to copyright).

There is a photocopier for members’ use and copies are charged at 10p per sheet. Members may request authorities to be emailed (60p per sheet and no handling charge)


The initial loan period is two days. Items can be renewed either in person, by telephone or email providing they have not been requested by another member. Items out on loan can be “reserved” for when they are returned.

Fines for overdue books are charged at a rate of 10p per day per book for the first week and 20p per day per book thereafter.

Current Law, legal dictionaries, directories, codes of conduct and handbooks are kept in the Reference Collection together with current editions of more popular textbooks. The master catalogue of the collection of legal textbooks can be searched electronically via this website or manually either by author or subject in the Library.

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