Harding Law Library


Harding Law Library
Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT 

Tel: 0121 414 5865 

Email: law-lib@bham.ac.uk

See our opening hours.

About the library

The Harding Law Library is situated in the Law School building. 

Please note that the Harding Library will close permanently at 5pm on Friday 3 June

Work to construct a new Main Library for the University is entering its final stages and the process of relocating the Harding Law Library's collections and services will begin in earnest once the exams are over. Unfortunately there will be a lot of disruption and this can’t be avoided. To find out more please go to the New Library Project pages where there is detailed information.



Study spaces  

The library provides study spaces for approximately 350 readers. In addition to the individual study spaces available on the two main floors, there is a bookable group study room on the gallery which can accommodate 6 - 8 people. 


There are 10 PCs located in the library, 3 on the ground floor and 1 catalogue-only PC, located in the short loan area. There are 6 PCs in the third floor reading room. All are linked to a black and white printer. 

Wireless network   

Wireless is available throughout the Harding Law Library.

Photocopying and printing 

There is a photocopier in the short loan area. There are two black and white printers (Main Reading Room and Third Floor Reading Room) and one scanner in the Main Reading Room. Printing and copying operate via the charged printing system, and an autoloader for adding credit to your account is located in the Main Reading Room adjacent to the counter. 


The Harding Law Library consists of approximately 55,000 volumes arranged over two main floors. There is a short loan collection containing core text material, a collection of textbooks, indexes to Law Reports, statutes, European legal material and an extensive collection of journals and serials to supplement the online resources available through the elibrary.

Please note that only registered students and staff are eligible to borrow books from the Harding Law Library. External members are welcome to use the library for reference only.

Disability support

All libraries and resource centres offer the following services:

  • Book fetching 
  • Extended loans 
  • Help with catalogue and photocopying
  • Stock transfer 
  • Text Relay

N.B. These services are available whenever the Harding Law Library is open.

Facilities and access

  • Quiet/silent study area 
  • Wheelchair access (limited - contact Library in advance of visit)

Specialist equipment 

This site has the following equipment available:

  • Magnifying glass
  • Assistive software on Third Floor Reading Room PCs and 3 Main Reading Room PCs

Additional information

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