The Burn Law Library

Access to the Burn Law Library


The Burn Law Library will remain closed until the start of term. Law students are welcome to study in the Student Library, and books can be brought over by Library staff for use. Find out how we are supporting our readers here.

Staff will respond to enquiries and book requests sent to as quickly as possible.


Finding your books

SOLO is the online catalogue for Oxford’s libraries; SOLO can be accessed here or via

To find books located in Christ Church Library on SOLO click on the ‘All libraries/collections’ box next to the search bar and select ‘Christ Church Library’ from the drop down list. Once you’ve found the title you want click ‘Find & Request’ and again select Christ Church Library. You will then find information about the location of the book, its ‘call’ number- the shelfmark for where the book is in the library.

The undergraduate textbooks are all in the first room as you go in and graduate collections are housed on the ground floor of the Library and are arranged by subject using a shelfmark scheme of letter followed by numbers. If you have any problems then the library staff are happy to come over and help 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. You can either fill in a paper suggestions form found in the library or email the title, author, ISBN and your tutor for that course to When it arrives we will send you an email to let you know and bring over to the law library the material, and place it by the student computer area with a note address to you.

Library computers, scanning and printing

There is a computer available for students to use in the undergraduate room, and wi-fi is available throughout the library. 

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. 

A self-service overhead scanner can be found in the east side of the Student Library which will scan to create a .pdf, .tiff, .jepg, etc. onto a memory pen for free (memory pens are available to borrow from the library for this purpose).

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

If you would like to leave your law books/notes for a short while on a desk then please make sure that they are in a small, neat pile and place a ‘Please leave’ slip on top of your items with your name and the date. The library claims no responsibility for personal items left in the reading rooms and we strongly recommend you do not leave items of value in the law library.

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.