Joining Us

Membership is open to solicitors’ practices, barristers’ chambers, individual Barrister members and In-House bodies. Other applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Membership is welcomed from anywhere in the UK.

Please email library staff for details of current rates. librarian@manchesterlawlibrary.co.uk

As a company limited by the guarantee of its members, unfortunately, 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 subscriber to the Library. Membership requests are welcomed from all sectors.

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.

The library has access to the major electronic databases Westlaw, Lexis Library, Lexis PSL and Lawtel, and can access these on behalf of members (licence permitting). We also have access to Parliamentary Papers, including selected Hansard debates, and Command Papers dating back to 1955
The Library has a broadband internet connection, with free Wi-Fi for members use. Caselaw, legislation and various journal articles can be obtained from Westlaw Lexis and Lawtel (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 (40p per sheet and no handling charge) or faxed (50p per sheet) for which the handling charges start at £1 per 5 sheets.

Loans

The loan period is two days and items can be renewed 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 lending collection of the textbooks can be searched electronically via this website or manually either by author or subject.

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