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Law: Finding Law Books

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Finding Law Books

The Law Library has many thousands of Law textbooks and monographs in paper and electronic format.

You can most effectively track down the books and theses you want by searching iFind (the Library Catalogue). You can find information on borrowing, renewing and reserving items here

Your reading lists for your various modules should be available on our modular catalogue. If not, please ask your tutor to include one. They are very useful and easy to create.

If you cannot find an item you are after on iFind you can apply for an Inter Library Loan

You can ask your lecturer or tutor to have popular items scanned for your course reading purposes. Details available from  the Scanning Service

Searching for Electronic Law Books

Staff and students of Swansea University have online access to many full-text electronic books.  Some book titles can be located by searching iFind either by keyword (for books on a subject) or by author or title.  

Other important legal databases such as Lexis Library, Westlaw UK  and Heinonline have online book collections which you can search individually once you have logged in to those services.

New Book Arrivals in the Law Library

Click on the cover of the book you would like to see (above) and then roll over the image to reveal the link (as shown in the red box here) to the Swansea Library catalogue 

Youtube - Finding a Book in Swansea University Library

Referencing Law Books Using OSCOLA

The basic format for referencing a book in OSCOLA is shown below. The full OSCOLA guide is available from the Referencing tab above.

Call Numbers - The Location of books in the Library

The Law books and journals are to be found in the Law Library on Level 4 (and 3) East of the Library and Information Centre at Singleton Park

A call number represents an item's subject matter and indicates the location on the shelf where the item can be found. The call number is usually made up of a combination of letters and numbers. The letter 'K' represents Law in our library with the addition of further letters and numbers each law item is then given a special location. The image below shows you some law textbooks and the call numbers they have been given so  they can be located correctly. PS The red dots on the spine mean the book can be borrowed for one week..the normal loan period is two weeks. There is a special loan category area for many Law books called the Short loan collection. This is kept behind the Library Desk on the entrance Level - ask for your item there.

Some of the main sections are..

K1 Law Journals KL Legal System
KA Jurisprudence KM Public Law (Criminal ,Administrative etc)
KB Comparative Law KN Private Law (Contract , Tort etc )
KC International law KW EU Law

Having Trouble Finding Law Books

If you have trouble finding books in the Library, you can download our Bookmark Library app from the Google Play Store. You will find what you want in no time at all.


Suggest a Book Purchase

Maybe there's a book that you would like to see in the Law Library. You can now recommend that we buy a copy for your study or research. Go ahead - Suggest a book!