The Harding Law Library

Photo of the Harding Law Library, Birmingham Law School

If you become a student at Birmingham Law School you will spend a considerable amount of your time working in the Harding Law Library. We are one of only a few law schools in the country to have a dedicated law library located within the Law School building.

The library is arranged over a number of floors with the popular books available in a short loan section. The library has two main reading rooms, as well as smaller study rooms which can be used for group work. It provides places for up to 356 readers.

The Library contains in excess of 55,000 volumes including a comprehensive selection of books of statutes, law reports and journals for the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, the member countries of the European Union and the USA. 

The library staff work closely with the Law School to ensure that, as far as possible, the needs of students are met.


In addition to books and journals, the University provides access to a range of electronic resources including Lawtel, Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, and HeinOnline which hold within them electronic versions of Law Reports, legislation and journal articles.

The Harding Law Library is also a Wireless Hot Spot so you can bring your own laptops and connect wirelessly to the University network

The School has a dedicated Subject Advisor who is responsible for providing training sessions on research using electronic sources and offering support to student research, both on and off-line. Our current advisor is Lisa Anderson and if you have any questions you can contact her via email at:

The University Main Library is only a short walk from the Law School building and contains material from other disciplines such as economics and politics which may be relevant to your academic studies.

The University also has a European Documentation Centre (EDC) where a substantial collection of legislation, reports, studies and statistics produced by the various institutions and agencies of the European Union may be found.  The EDC is located in the Orchard Leaning Resource Centre.