Thursday, 11 August 2016

Should a judge have said that?

Interview with writer Peter Moffat (author of Silk, amongst other things), who reflects on whether a judge should've sworn in a recent case, and the general demeanour of judges in court. Listen to BBC audio file at:

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Saturday workshops - summer term

The Library is running the following workshops during the Summer Term on Saturdays. The workshops will be held in the Library Seminar Room on Level 1 of the Library. All staff and students are welcome

There are a maximum of 30 places on each workshop. They may not run if less than 5 people book - we will contact you if a workshop is cancelled.
If you have any queries please contact the Library

Date and time


28th May and repeated 25th June
11.30am - 12.30pm
Finding and accessing theses
How to identify and find copies of PhD theses. Book Now
28th May and repeated 25th June
1.30 - 3.00pm
Improving your search skills
How to carry out a literature search and tips for better searching. Book Now
28th May
3.30 - 5.00pm
Managing your references using Zotero
An introduction to managing your references using the Zotero package. Book Now
25th June
3.30 - 5.00pm
Managing your references using EndNote
An introduction to EndNote, reference management software that helps you collect, store and manage your references and cite them correctly. Book Now

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Library: Easter weekend opening hours

Opening Hours
Issue & Help Desk
Thursday 24 March 10.00 - 23.45
10.00 - 20.00
Friday 25 - Monday 28 March 10.00 - 20.00
Self Service
Tuesday 29 March 10.00 - 23.45
10.00 - 20.00

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Introducing David Green

David Green is covering the post of Subject Librarian: Law & Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, whilst Wendy Lynwood is on maternity leave.

David previously worked at University of West London and Middlesex University as Law Librarian, and has significant expertise of helping students to make effective use of Library resources, and to exploit other sources of legal information.

Please contact David if you need specialist help or advice.
(Tel: 020 7631 6062 or email:

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas & New Year opening hours 2015/16

Following on from last year's successful pilot, the library will again be open on a self-service basis between Monday 28th December and Sunday 3rd January.
The library will be open between 12pm - 7pm on these dates, with normal opening hours resuming on Monday 4th January.

Wishing all students, staff and blog readers a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

Monday, 7 December 2015

LexisLibrary changes

Both the main search screen, and the way that results are displayed in LexisLibrary have been updated. The product doesn't look too different, but I thought that it was worth highlighting the changes.

The main search screen (below) has made the Explore search box more prominent and allows users to restrict their search by content type. It is still possible to search for a specific Act, Case or Journal article using Quick Find, or to navigate to a more advanced search screen by using the links across the top of the screen.

Image of LexisLibrary main search screen

The results screen now displays filter options on the right rather than the left. And the options to print, download or email results have moved from bottom right to top left of the screen, with symbols replaced by text.

Image of LexisLibrary search screen

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Latest series of Law in Action

I've previously mentioned Radio 4's Law in Action programme: 
but wanted to flag up the most recent series, which broadcast last month.

Topics covered included Criminal Legal Aid cuts, the introduction of criminal court charges and a discussion around alternatives to imprisoning mothers (often jailed for non-violent crimes).

All are currently available to listen to / download from: