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Law (HE): Books and E-Books

Books and E-Books

Textbooks are the first place for you to start when learning about the law.  Buy or borrow at least one book from your reading list, and use the other books to read more on your subject.  If you are new to a subject, the Unlocking and Complete textbooks are a good introduction.  Many of our textbooks are also available online.

Textbooks describe the law by referring to the key cases and legislation.  They point out the main issues that you should know, and discuss areas of uncertainty or complexity.  It's important to note that you will only find a summary of cases here.  For more information, you should read the full case reports and journal articles or more in-depth books on the topic. 

Casebooks discuss cases in more depth and are useful at assignment time when you need to discuss your topic in more detail.  Look out for books which have the words 'Cases and Materials' following the title. We also have some Key Facts and Key Cases books which are useful for revision.

Use the library catalogue to check what we have in stock, whether it is available or on loan, or available as an e-Book,  and to reserve and renew items. Click here to see our online library guide for more information on borrowing and returning books.

Finding items in the library


Shelved At

Legal Learning


EU Law


Public Law


Criminal Law


Contract Law


Tort Law


Land Law


Equity and Trusts


English Legal System


Where are the law books?

Books in the library are organised using the Dewey Decimal Classification system.  Books relating to Law are at 340, and books for Criminology are at 364.  There is also a collection of Law Reports, Current Awareness publications and Halsbury's Laws shelved in the quiet area of the library. 

Use the library catalogue to find the exact location of your books. 

Some books are shelved in Hockney Stack. If you see that your books are at this location, find a member of library staff who will collect the book for you.  This is because we are unable to shelve all the library books upstairs in the main library.

Most books can be taken out for 2 weeks.  There are Self-Issue machines in the Library where you can borrow and return your books.  Reference books cannot be taken out of the Library.  These are shelved with the lending books, so look out for the Reference sticker on the spine. 

New loan rules (Auto-renewals)

You can borrow most items for 2 weeks.  

  • 2 week loan items will automatically renew for up to 20 times - unless another user requests an item, in which case you will be given 5 day notice to return that item.
  • Reference items and journals can be used only in the library

Email reminders about your library use are automatically sent to your College email account. To access your College email account go to the Student Portal.  You will receive an email confirmation when you borrow an item, and you will receive an email confirmation when an item is due for return.  PLEASE NOTE: if an item cannot be automatically renewed you will receive an email reminder telling you the item and date it must be returned by.  If you do not return an item you will receive email reminders on the due date, 7 days after due date, 14 days after due date, and 28 days after due date.

If you do not wish to regularly check your College email account it is vital that you set up a forwarding rule from your College email account, so that any emails received will be sent to an email address of your choice.  To find out how to do this, click here

You can check the items that you have on loan on the 'My Account' tab at the top of the Library Catalogue.

What are E-Books?

We have a growing number of electronic books available. E-books can be accessed 24/7 from outside College.

Find the book you need by using the Library Catalogue. You may also see links to eBooks in this Moodle course - click on the title of your topic to see a selected reading list.  You may also find links to eBooks on your course pages, or other library pages.

Just enter your usual College (Moodle) login when asked for a password.

You can print from eBooks but only a limited amount of pages.  This is to comply with copyright law.

Please get in touch if you have any difficulties in using eBooks.

Studying the law - key texts

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