The Library is primarily a reference only library with open access to the majority of collections.
We aim to provide a comprehensive range of modern English legal materials designed to meet the needs of practising barristers and Bar students.
Our core collection includes primary, secondary and local legislation, law reports, legal journals and magazines, encyclopaedias, textbooks, and legal databases. Old editions of textbooks are retained and can be consulted on request.
We also have a collection of Northern Ireland and EU law (excluding the law of Member States), retain the major Scottish and Irish reports and have a good Human Rights collection.
In addition to their core holdings of English law, the Inns of Court Libraries operate a subject specialisation scheme (PDF). Under the scheme, the four Inn Libraries divide responsibility for jurisdictions outside England and Wales and for certain specialist subjects within English law. Commonwealth law (PDF) is covered by Inner Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, US and EU law by Middle Temple. Lincoln’s Inn also maintains a full collection of parliamentary materials. Barristers may use any of the Inn Libraries.
Gray’s Inn Library’s key specialism is international law. International textbooks can be found within the main classified textbook sequence located in Bays II-V and international journals are shelved upstairs in the North Library. We provide comprehensive coverage of international treaties and public international law topics as well as materials relating to international arbitration.
We also have a collection of rare books and manuscripts which may be consulted by accredited researchers.
New titles are regularly added to the Library’s collection. You may submit suggestions for new titles to the Director of Library Services for consideration, but please note that suggested titles will not necessarily be purchased automatically.
We are always delighted to accept donations from authors of legal texts. All donations are acknowledged with a special bookplate and an announcement.