Library Services for the Legal Profession
Southampton Solent University Library offers a variety of ways in which Legal Professionals can access Library resources:
All our printed books, legal journals and law reports are available for reference purposes. The Law Library holds most major law reports and journal titles as well as certain practitioners' titles and definitive law texts.
To find out if the Library holds a certain book or journal, you can search on the Library Catalogue.
You can normally access the Law & Criminology Library until 7pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends. Photographic ID is required for entry. Please check our opening times for more details.
Access to useful free legal websites can be found via our Law Subject Guide.
Please note that you can only access material that is located in the Law Library or that is publicly available on the Internet. Access to the Library's electronic databases is not permitted.
Southampton Solent University Library offers a corporate membership scheme. For more information see the Corporate Membership page.
Please note that these borrowing rights exclude short loan and seven day loan items and that the majority of our stock falls under these categories. All copying under this scheme must be for non-commercial purposes or judicial use only.
Copyright and Commercial Photocopying
From October 2003, the EU Copyright Directive was implemented in the UK - this directive removed the 'fair dealing' and 'library privileges' exceptions with regard to commercial copying. This means that you can no longer copy an article or chapter for free if the publication is still in copyright, and you are intending to use that copy for a commercial purpose.
You must now purchase and complete a PDF form (£12.00) to indicate that the copy is a licensed copy. To obtain this you need to contact the Document Supply Office in the Library, ML014, tel: 023 8031 9411, who will be able to supply you with the appropriate form after payment. We would require payment by cheque.
The only exception to this policy is if you are copying for parliamentary or judicial proceedings.
For further guidance relating to this, please see the CLA's advice and the Bar Council's description of Statutorily Permitted Copying.
If you are copying for your own private research and not for a commercial reason, you can still copy up to 5% of a publication (or one chapter, article or case), without making a copyright payment. A coin-operated photocopier is available on Floor 2 of the Library.
There are various organisations which provide a chargeable document delivery service:
If you require any further information about Southampton Solent University's Law Library then please contact Hannah Young, Information Librarian – Law and Human Sciences.