Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: New guide to Nigerian legal resources

IALS_logoPreviously, we told you about the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies library membership and the useful Current Legal Research Topics Database.

Today we would like to draw your attention to the brand new library guide on Nigerian legal resources, published on the IALS website.

The guide is free and highlights official sources of law in Nigeria, including material physically held in the IALS library and material freely accessible online. The guide aims to help researchers by offering an overview of the key Nigerian law resources.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Have a good week,

Eleni Borompoka
Senior Information Assistant
Taylor Library and EDC

IALS library membership for all research postgraduates and academic staff

IALS_logoDid you know that you can become a member of the IALS Global Law Library?

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Global Law Library (Russell Square, London) is the repository of an extensive law collection of over 300,000 texts.  The Library welcomes membership applications from legal professionals and researchers from anywhere in the world. Postgraduate students (MPhil and PhD), academic teaching staff and librarians may register with the IALS Global Law Library for free. Books from the main collection may be borrowed until the next day, and may be renewed offsite a maximum of three times. Researchers, professionals and librarians can also access certain databases offsite. Some of the databases accessible: British Company Law Library,, Oxford Reports on International Law, Oxford Scholarship Online (Law). Please see here for details.

All databases can be accessed onsite.

Taught postgraduates from outside the University of London are only admitted when they are working on their dissertation. The taught part of the course needs to have been completed for students to be admitted. Access is for a week and free. Students can’t take books outside the library and can’t access any databases offsite. Pop ins also welcome!

For further information, please see: How to become a member on the IALS website.

Also, did you know that you can check current legal research topics on the IALS website?
IALS are trying to list all subjects of ongoing research (PhD) across the UK including the researcher’s name and institution they are registered with. You can search the  CLRT database by title words, subject, name or University. Please note that details are removed from the database once the dissertations are published.

We hope you find this information useful!

Eleni Borompoka
Senior Information Assistant
Taylor Library & EDC


Working on your dissertation over the summer?

Did you know that you can use other academic libraries in the UK? University of Aberdeen Library, Special Collections and Museums is a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme which means that you can apply for a card that will give you access to most UK HE libraries. You may be able to borrow material from them, but it will NOT give you access to their IT facilities or databases.

Before you leave Aberdeen download an application form from the web address given below and take it to the Information Centre on Floor 1 in the University Library. NOTE: some libraries also require a letter of introduction from your supervisor. You will not be issued with a SCONUL card if you have fines unpaid on your library account.

For more information and the online application form go to

Elaine Shallcross