The New Law Library

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“The Law Library is the centre of gravity for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. It’s our second home, which is why we’ve donated the proceeds from our main social event of the year to support this exciting refurbishment”
Catriona Jardine, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice Student and President of the Law Student’s Council 2013/14

As a central part of the refurbishment of Old College the Law Library will increase its presence, visibility and accessibility by moving from its current position on the second floor to a suite of rooms on the ground floor. An early architect’s drawing is shown above. The new Law Library will:

  • Offer students outstanding digital resources alongside a world-leading printed collection;
  • Have pride of place in the heart of Old College in a suite of rooms on the ground floor, accessible from the Old Quad;
  • Feature a combination of informal, group and private study spaces, encouraging law students to work in ways which enhance their broader skill set;
  • Provide first-class study space at Old College, with easy access to staff and fellow students, to protect and enhance the Law School’s collegiate community;
  • Provide an architectural quality sensitive to the building’s heritage. A central design feature will be a series of beautiful octagonal book stacks, echoing the octagonal geometry of the original lecture theatre above the new Law Library, dating from the early 1790s.

“I have supported the Law Library because it was a very important place to me and I am very pleased that it is being greatly expanded and brought up-to-date for the current digital age. I was also delighted to learn that many of the old tomes which have been thumbed by students over the centuries will still be available for current and future generations.”
Douglas Sharp, LLB 1980

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