Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is only accessible by appointments during the following hours:
The opening hours of the law Library are:
- Monday, Tuesday Wednesday: 09:30 – 17:30
- Thursday: 09:30 – 19:30
- Friday: 09:30 – 16:00
- Saturdays 09:30 – 12:30 from October to end of April. – Saturday bookings need to be made by 16:00 on Wednesdays of the same week.
- Sundays: closed
During the Christmas holiday, the law library will be closed from 20th December 2019 12:00 noon until 6th January 09:30
The law library will also be closed from Sunday 5th April until Monday 20 April.
During the months of June, July , August and September, the library is open by appointment only.
To make an appointment, please contact the administration team on Tel: +44 (0) 1534 826060
The Institute of Law is home to the Law Library, which was previously housed in the Royal Court Building, then Seale Street. We are now based in the Turner Building, at Highlands College.
The Vintage Collection
The Library holds books donated from the collections of the Jersey Law Society and the Royal Court:
Our oldest books require careful handling, therefore they are only available by special request. Should you need to consult one of these books for research, please contact the Institute staff. A sample of those books is available on our Vintage collection page.
The 20th Century & modern collection
This catalogue has been built using Microsoft Excel. The different categories are listed on the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Please use those tabs to search through different categories:
- LLB books
- French Law
- Jersey Law
- Commonwealth (includes books from Jersey, Guernsey, Australia, Cayman Islands, UK …etc)
How to search the collection:
- right click on top left of the spreadsheet to select all, hold down control F, type the book title and press return
- Use the drop down filters on the side of the table headers, select the book you are searching for
Please note that we do not use the Dewey Decimal System, therefore, you will not be able to use that information to search for a specific book.
Please also note that all books are listed by their full inside-cover title, and not the title that is on the front cover, so the book you are looking for may be available under a different name to what you are searching for.
The Law Library is open to everyone. However, we do ask that you check the opening hours and contact the Office to arrange a convenient time to consult the collection. If you are studying outside the Island and would like to use the library for research, please contact the staff to arrange a time for a visit, please consult our catalogues to ensure the required material is available.
Adopt a Book scheme
The Institute of Law houses a special collection of books of historical significance to Jersey’s unique legal system. Many of these precious tomes are old, extremely fragile and in need of specialist attention to preserve them for future generations. Through the Adopt a Book scheme (leaflet here) Islanders can make a personal donation to help restore, conserve and maintain this important collection.
The original books in the library are works of art in themselves, some being over 400 years old, with vellum covers and fascinating designs. Commentators on the customary law of Normandy include Terrien, Basnage, Godefroy and Pesnelle. There are also works by the celebrated Jersey jurists Le Geyt and Poingdestre.
For further information, please contact the Library.