The Burn Law Library

Access to the Burn Law Library 

The law library has now opened as a study space to students that read Law at the House. Entrance to the Library continues to be controlled by your room fob. 

Opening hours are Monday to Sunday  9AM-11PM

When you arrive ensure that face masks are worn at all times whilst in the Library, unless a student is exempt. Library staff will ask students to leave if they fail to comply with this rule. Reminding students several times per day does not work and is causing stress. If students wish to notify us in confidence about an exemption then they can of course do so.  Students who are persistent offenders will be reported to the Junior Censor to consider a sanction, if need be.

Find out more on how we are supporting our readers this academic year here.


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 Law Library collections here

You are welcome to browse the shelves for any material you might need. Also, the library will be running a Click & Collect’ service. Which means that you need to place an advanced request for the book you need via SOLO. Sign into SOLO with your SSO. Search for the book you need, click Find & Request and choose Christ Church Library. Click the ‘Request’ button. If the book is already on loan a due date will be displayed. By sending a request you will be placed in a queue for that item, and once that returns you will be notified.

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

You will need to place a 'Click and Collect' request if you wish to borrow material from the Library. Library staff will retrieve the book(s) on your behalf. Please allow 12h before you present yourself with your Bodleian card to the duty clerk and they will be able to help with issuing the item(s) on your account and hand these over to you. No shows of more than five times will automatically be banned from benefiting from the ‘Click&Collect’ service for two weeks.

Note* The library aims to ensure that requested items are available for collection the next working day. This means that ‘Click & Collect’ requests placed on Friday or at the weekend will normally be available for pick-up on Monday.

However, if you are in the Burn Law Library, you can request an item on the spot. To do so present yourself at the front desk with your Bodleian card and a note listing the shelfmarks which you require (i.e. LA 20B; *if you need anything from the Student Library you will have to go over and ask for it i.e. PA 3009 HOR 2018; XI.3.56D). Remember the item has to show available on SOLO in order for us to be able to fetch this and add it to your library account.

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

As we are trying to minimise surface contact we ask that you query with the duty clerk on which ‘Returns’ trolley you can place your returned books. We aim to quarantine the books prior to their return to the shelves. This means there will be a short period of time when a book you have returned will still be recorded as out on loan to you.

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 Purchase Request form.

Library computers, scanning and printing

A wireless multifunctional printer is available in the Burn Law Library which can be printed to from the library PC's 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. 

The Burn Law Library lockers

Lockers are available to current law students of the House. These 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 through any member of library staff, located in the Student Library, Peckwater Quad (during normal working hours 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday). Please request an appointment by sending an email 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.

Locker policies

  • Strictly one locker per person. Do not to lend your locker key to anyone else.
  • Please note that lockers must not be used to store or reserve Christ Church law library books. 
  • Food, drinks and materials that could damage other readers’ property must not be stored in the lockers.
  • Items left in locker are removed the day after your agreed period ends, kept in the Main Library for a short period, then disposed of.
  • Library staff retain the right to access lockers as and when deemed necessary. Periodic inspections may take place.

Leaving your belongings in the Burn Law Library reading rooms

During the COVID -19 outbreak current members of the House are asked to collect all personal belongings when leaving the library. Nothing is to be left in the library at the end of your visit.

Library rules

  • Please don’t bring food into the library. Water is allowed in a sport bottle and the library can provide you with a free Christ Church bottle. Please ask a member of staff in the main library for this.
  • 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. 
  • Mobile phones should be on silent, and phone calls taken outside the library.
  • Smoking is not permitted in or around the library.
  • Please do not let students who are reading other subjects use the Burn Law Library.