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Modern Collections

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There is a dedicated law reading room (The Anson Room) in which are various English law reports; Halsbury's Laws, Statutes and Statutory Instruments; and a text book collection classified into the following subject areas:

There are also Commonwealth and European Law Reports, and text books on aspects of European and International Law.

All the law collections are fully catalogued onto OLIS, a more detailed guide to the Law Collection is available from the Library.


The military history collection is significant, especially well represented are Napoleonic, post-1945 history, foreign affairs, strategic studies, and  naval history.  A more detailed guide is available in the Library.

The British, French and ecclesiastical history collections are particulary strong; and well supported by printed primary sources. A more detailed guide is available in the Library.

The Emden Collection

In 2012, All Souls Library agreed to accept on permanent loan from St Edmund Hall the substantial Emden Naval History Collection of some 2000 books. These items are all catalogued on SOLO and may be consulted in the Library by Codrington Readers, and by others by appointment.

Other Subjects

There are also supporting collections of economic, social and cultural history; biography; philosophy; politics; sociology; theology, topography and travel; and international history.

Most, but not all of these collections are fully catalogued onto OLIS yet.


 The Library subscribes to a large number of law and history periodicals (some of which are available electronically via OU e-Journals). Lists of the Law and History journals are available from the Library.  Note that the periodicals have not been catalogued onto OLIS.