The Burn Law Library

The Burn Law Library has 3 rooms. The first contains textbooks,  journals, the self-issue machine and a student computer. The second (which is off the first) has shelves in rolling stacks and contains International Journals, Parliamentary debates (Commons and Lords) and the printer. The third room has law reports and statutes.

Opening hours

Monday – Sunday 24 hours (fob access)

Access to the Burn Law Library 

Access to the Burn Law Library is controlled by fobs issued to Law students only. A Burn Law Library fob must only be used by the individual to whom it has been issued. Fobs must not be lent or exchanged.

Most of the books in the Burn Law Library are reference only and cannot be borrowed. High-demand textbooks can be borrowed if the Library has multiple copies of the item. No issues of journals should be removed from the Burn Law Library.

Using the Burn Law Library safely

  • We ask that members please do not come to the Library if they have tested positive.
  • Wearing a face covering is now a personal choice. Please be respectful to those who choose to continue wearing one.
  • Please wash or sanitise your hands frequently.
  • Hand sanitiser is available by shared equipment and at key touch points around the Library.
  • Please do not move any furniture, join a friend at their desk or gather in groups of any size in the Library.
  • Wrap up warmly in cold weather as windows are open to allow good ventilation.
  • Hand sanitiser is available by shared equipment and at key touch points around the Library.

Burn Law Library Rules

  • The Library is for use by current members of Christ Church reading Law only. You must not let non-members accompany or follow you into the Library. Students are reminded not to bring non-members of Christ Church to work in the Library at any time – anyone found doing this will be contacted and further disciplinary action might result as a consequence.
  • Books cannot be borrowed on behalf of non-members of College and other students should not use your Bodleian card or account to borrow books. The account holder will be held responsible for all books and fines on their account. 
  • If you wish to show the Burn Law Library to friends or family, please ask permission from the librarians before you bring guests inside to avoid disturbing other students.
  • Talking about law is permitted in the middle room, but please show respect for your peers by keeping other noise to a minimum. Phones should be on silent and phone calls taken outside the Library building.
  • Borrowable books must not be removed from the Library without being checked out. If the alarm sounds, go back and try the self-issue machine again.
  • Journals are not borrowable, however graduates and tutors can temporarily check-out up to 5 journals through the self-issue machine to read in the Paine graduate room. 
  • Students are responsible for loans on their accounts.  Charges are incurred for overdue, lost or damaged items. A fine of 25p per overdue book accumulates daily. More than 10 overdue books or £50.00 in fines will automatically block your Christ Church Library account, which will prevent you from borrowing or renewing books. Please speak to a member of staff if this happens.
  • Desks must be kept clear when not in use. You may not reserve a desk or leave personal belongings unattended. They will be removed by the Library team to allow for cleaning. 
  • No food and drink in the Library, except for bottled water, or hot or cold drinks in KeepCups. No alcohol is permitted in the Library.
  • Smoking and vaping are is not permitted in or around the Library.

Finding your books

SOLO is the online catalogue for Oxford’s libraries. SOLO can be accessed by clicking here.  Learn how to navigate SOLO and filter down to Christ Church Library collections via this slightly more accessible version of instructions which are available here.

The undergraduate textbooks are all in the first room as you go in. These are arranged by subject using a shelfmark scheme of letter followed by numbers. Law reports and Statues are found in the second room. If you have any problems then the library staff are happy to come over and help you.

Borrowing, Renewals and Returns

Undergraduates can borrow up to 20 items for 2 weeks during term, or for a full vacation. Postgraduates can borrow a maximum of 40 items for 1 term or vacation. College staff may borrow books for a fortnight. Tutors can borrow for up to a year (all books will be due by the end of the 10th week of Trinity Term).

Vacation loans begin on Friday 6th week and last until Wednesday 1st week of the following term.

Books can be renewed up to 4 times at the self-service machine or by signing into SOLO. Please check your account regularly to avoid fines when the loans expire, and take care of the books while they are on loan to you. You can get in touch if you encounter any problems by emailing If we do not hear back from you about long overdue loans you will be battled the item’s replacement cost plus a £10 administrative fee. The same applies if you have lost a library item or an item has suffered considerable damage while in your custody.

If you require extended loans, or any other help due to a disability please write to Gabriel, our College Librarian in confidence. This will only apply to Christ Church Library: to request extended loans at the Bodleian Libraries please fill out their electronic forms.

Books can be returned to the Burn Law Library via the self-service returns machine. Please place the returned books on the trolley for reshelving by Library staff.

Book suggestions

If the library does not have a copy of a textbook on your reading list, if it is missing or if there are not enough copies of a set text then please suggest it for purchase. We encourage you to complete an online Book Suggestion form.

Library computers, scanning and printing

A wireless multifunctional printer is available at the back of the first room in the Law Library. Also, in the main library building you can find a printer in the entrance hall. Job printers should be sent from a library PC or your own devices (phone, laptops). To print visit the link and login via your Single Sign On. Upload the documents you want to print then at the printer select 'Papercut' and tap your Bodleian library card on the sensor. Your documents will then appear and can be printed. You can print in mono, colour, single and double sided on A4 paper. 

Also, an additional printer can be found on the ground floor of Peckwater building, staircase 9.


Lockers are available to current law students and are situated in the Entrance Hall of the Burn Law Library. They are reserved on a term by term basis. Requests for a locker reservation can be made by emailing to You will receive a key for the locker at the time you set up your reservation. The key to the locker can be returned, or your agreement can be renewed/extended, with the Library by Friday of 8th week of each term. ​ A deposit of £10 is charged (cost of replacement in case the key is lost), which will be reimbursed to you at the end of the period paid for. The library claims no responsibility for personal items left in lockers. We strongly recommend you do not leave items of value in your locker.