GDL PfPII Support


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Here’s a reminder about the range of available resources which might help when you are researching and writing up your coursework. For useful general guidance on extended essay and dissertation writing techniques, take a look at the titles on offer in the library’s Legal Skills section (shelfmark SKLL).

Here’s a guide on how the library can help:

How do I find out what resources are available?

The library catalogue covers all material available through the Library:  printed books, loose-leaf texts, legal reference works, law reports, and journals as well as linking to materials available electronically –  e-books, e-journals etc.

What if the book or article I want is not at Leeds?

Leeds library should hold copies of every hard copy resource you need, but occasionally you may want to see a book or journal article only available  in another centre library. Please ask a member of library staff to arrange a loan or photocopy. If you’re trying to find a book or journal article which isn’t available at any of the University’s centres, you probably don’t need it!

How many library books can I borrow?

You can borrow up to a maximum of 5 items at a time.

How long can I keep library books for?

All students can borrow standard-loan items for 7 days.

Short-loan items can be borrowed for 3 days by full-time students.

How do I renew my library books?

There are several ways to renew your library books.  You can do it yourself via ELITE > Library Portal  > Renew Your Loans or use the self-issue machine in the Library.  Alternatively you can contact the Library by phone or email, or ask at the Library Desk.  You can also reserve books but only if all Leeds library copies are currently on loan.  Don’t forget to renew your loans to avoid paying fines.  For further information about borrowing books please visit the Library FAQs page.

How do I reserve library books?

For step-by-step instructions, click on the FAQs tab at the top of the Leeds library blog homepage.  Be aware that you can have no more than 5 reservations in place at any one time.

Top tips to speed up your reservations…

If there is more than one copy of the title you’re reserving, select ‘Any copy’ rather than ‘This copy’.

How do I find practitioner texts on a particular subject?

Leeds library has a wide selection of practitioner works, shelved according to their subject content. Popular with practitioners because they are updated on a regular basis and because they provide detailed and comprehensive coverage of the law in a particular subject area, they provide commentary on the law, but often contain primary legal resources and relevant statutes. Some of these titles are available as bound volumes, others as loose-leaf works. Many are available online. If you need help to identify practitioner texts in a particular subject area, or need guidance in how to use them, please ask the library staff.

Also, don’t forget the library’s collection of legal research encyclopedias such asHalsbury’s Laws, available in hard copy and on LexisLibrary, as an authoritative source of commentary on the law in all subject areas.

How do I find electronic resources on a particular subject?

Under ELITE > Library Portal > eResources  you will find lists of electronic resources by Subject and by Course. Here you will find links to useful websites and also to books, journals and practitioner texts  available online.

How do I find journal articles?

Westlaw and LexisLibrary both contain collections of full text journals, but Westlaw provides the most comprehensive coverage. LJI (Legal Journals Index), part of the Westlaw database, abstracts articles from every substantive legal journal published since 1986. When you search Westlaw you will not be able to see the full text of every article indexed. For abstract only articles your next step is to search the library catalogue to see if there is a link to an online version in another database or if the hard-copy journal is held in the Leedsr library.

Newspaper Articles

The ‘News’ search option offered by LexisLibrary covers most UK broadsheets and other nationals.  Using this database’s structured searching of newspaper content will probably be more efficient than searching separate newspaper websites.

How can I get more help?

Grab a copy of the  ‘Library Research Tips’ leaflet.  This gives advice on researching for your assessments. Access the tips here:

Why not view our Library Podcast entitled GDL Preparing for practice:

You can also consult the Legal Research FAQs, Research Guides Help sheets, and the multi-media i-Guides on both hard copy and online legal research, all of which can be accessed via Elite>Library Services Portal.

The Library Team are here to help and keen for you to get the most out of the resources available to you.  If in doubt, just ask Chris, or email

Easter Library Opening Hours & Borrowing Arrangements

Term time hours

 Self service

Staffed service

Monday 30th to Thursday 2nd 08:00 to 22:00 08:30 to 21:00
Friday 3rd 08:00 to 22:00 08:30 to 18:00
Saturday 4th 08:00 to 22:00 No staffed service
Sunday 5th 08:00 to 22:00 No staffed service
Monday 6th 08:00 to 22:00 No staffed service
Tuesday 7th 08:00 to 22:00 No staffed service
Wednesday 8th 08:00 to 22:00 08:30-16:30
Thursday 9th 08:00 to 22:00 No staffed service
Friday 10th 08:00 to 22:00 08:30-16:30
Saturday 11th 08:00 to 22:00 12:00-17:00
Sunday 12th 08:00 to 22:00 12:00-17:00
Monday 13th 08:00 to 22:00 08:30 to 21:00

Library borrowing periods will continue as normal over the Easter vacation except for the closed Easter weekend. No books will be due for return during the closed period. Please be aware that books will be in high demand for GDL PfP2. You cannot renew books if someone else has reserved them.

Are you interested in a part-time job in the Library?

We will have vacancies for two part-time Information Assistants in the Library for 2015/16.  Further details are given below – and a job description is attached.  Working in the Library will give you opportunities to enhance your legal research and customer care skills, which could improve your CV!  If you’re interested, ask our current part-timers what they think of the job (Luke, Kia or James).

Download: Job Description & Person Spec.  for PT Library Assistant 2015-16

Hours:  11 per week on a three week rota, will covering evenings and weekends – these core hours may be extended for limited periods.

Fixed term contract: (44 weeks), mainly term-time hours.

Pay: around £7.70 per hour

If you’re not already a qualified First Aider, the University will pay for the successful candidates to attend a training course ideally before September 2015.  Fire Marshal training will also be given.  Please ask us for more information about this training if needed.

How to apply: please email attaching a CV and covering letter addressed to Chris Walker

Closing date: Monday 20th April

Interviews:  May 2015 [Date and times to be confirmed]

Proposed start date:  w/c 7th September 2015 [date/time to be confirmed]

If you need any further information, please speak to Chris Walker, Librarian.


Face off! Lexis Library vs Westlaw

Ever wondered about the differences between Lexis Library and Westlaw?

Here is a link to a pdf document created by the Institue of Advanced Legal studies comparing the two databases.

Noise in the library


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We have continued to have complaints about the noise in the library. The University policy states that:

“Library users should not engage in conduct to the disturbance of others.”

This includes the main library, as well as designated silent areas. Students wishing to talk or discuss work should use the sixth floor or may unofficially work in any available classroom, though you must be prepared to share the room with other students or vacate it if it is required.

If repeated requests for quiet are ignored, Library staff reserve the right on the third request to ask the student(s) concerned to leave the Library for the remainder of the day.

If you find that noise is disturbing your study, please speak to library staff or email

Please check out our library Code of Conduct policy on the library website.

Food and Drink that is allowed in the Library


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You may bring into the library:

  • Hot or cold drinks in covered containers (bottles/cups with lids)
  • Cold food e.g. snacks, sweets and sandwiches

Hot food must not be brought into the Library at any time.  This includes any takeaway food brought in from outside or purchased from the café.

If you have hot food with you, please eat it in the sixth floor area before entering the Library so we can ensure the library remains a clean and pleasant.   If people do not adhere these guidelines, the library will have to adopt the official University of Law “No Food Policy” as stated in the published Library Code of Conduct.

Noise in the library


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Recently we’ve had some issues with noise levels in the Library. Please can you remember that the Library is a quiet study area and show consideration to your fellow students by keeping noise to a minimum. Thanks for your co-operation.

If you find that noise is disturbing your study, please speak to library staff or email

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