| The Advocates Library is a private law library for the use
of Members of the Faculty
of Advocates .
Members of Faculty have access to an unrivalled professional
resource in the Library’s extensive range of materials
in print and electronic format, 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year. Collections are also maintained in the High Court buildings in
Edinburgh and Glasgow and at the Supreme Court in London.
Non members can access the majority of library stock through
the National Library
of Scotland. While Members of Faculty do have priority
on the use of Advocates Library items, every effort is made
to ensure that items reach the National Library of Scotland
as quickly as possible. The relationship between the Faculty of Advocates and the National Library of Scotland is expressed in two memoranda of agreement, one on general service
and the other on ownership .
The Faculty also owns Sir Walter Scott's books at Abbotsford.
Although this is mainly a conservation library, access for researchers to specific
items is encouraged, with consultation facilities kindly provided at the
National Library of Scotland. An Access Protocol
is used to guide decisions on access to the collection. Applications for access to specific items should be made to
the Senior Librarian, Andrea Longson.
For further details about the Abbotsford Library and other special collections click here.