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Cultural heritage law: Books

Subjects: Law

Finding ebooks and books in the Bodleian Law Library

Use the tabs above to understand how the Law Bod's collection is arranged. There is an Enquiry Desk on Level 2, just as you enter the main Reading Room: please do come and have a word if you are having any difficulty in using the library.

Looking for a Reading List title?

When you search SOLO for books on your Oxford Law Faculty Reading List you may find that the location is shown as Law Library Reserve Collection. Books in this collection must be asked for at the Enquiry Desk on Level 2. Please remember to bring your Oxford University Card or your Bodleian Reader's Card when you come to the Desk.
Note.  The books in the Reserve Collection are available to all categories of readers, not just those on the particular course.

Help with finding books

The Law Library's collection is fully catalogued on SOLO, Oxford  University's online resource discovery tool.

Some Subject search terms to use in SOLO

Cultural property

Cultural property -- Protection (International law)

World Heritage areas

Intangible property

Indigenous peoples -- Civil rights

Art  --- Protection

Excavations ( Archaeology )    Protection

Foreign trade regulation

For those wishing to learn more about using searches, we recommend the following:

On Level 3,  one floor above the entrance level to the Law Library, an area of the open shelf collection has books with shelf marks beginning Internat  (short for public international law). The Internat book collection is further arranged by topic as described at the foot of this box.


Also on Level 3 is an area of the open shelf collection with books with shelf marks beginning Private Int. (This is short for private international law or conflict of laws as it is sometimes called.) In this section books are simply arranged by the last name of the author or editor, not by topic.

On Level 2, the level at which you enter the Law Library, an area of the open shelf collection has books with shelf marks beginning General. 
This is where you will find comparative studies, and works surveying the response to legal problems in two or more jurisdictions.  In the case of cultural heritage law also books which look at both domestic/national responses and international ones.

If all the countries being compared are (or were) members of the Commonwealth (the voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific) the book should have a shelf mark beginning Cw Gen. This collection is also on Level 2, but separate from General.

Please ask at the Enquiry Desk on Level 2 if you are having difficulty finding your way round our collection.

On Level 2, the entrance level to the Law Library, you will find books on the laws of all the jurisdictions of Great Britain and Northern Island, Australia, Canada, Channel Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, United States of America.
These books have shelf marks beginning K. The books dealing with English law are shelved at the start of each new K shelf mark, followed by the other jurisdictions alphabetically. The foreign jurisdictions are indicated in the shelf marks to their books by the following codes
A8 or AUS    Australia
C1 or CAN    Canada
G8 or GUE    Guernsey
I5 or IRL    Ireland
I7 or IOM    Isle of Man
J2 or JER    Jersey
N4 or NZL    New Zealand
N8 or NIR    Northern Ireland
S3 or SCT    Scotland
U4 or USA    United States
W1 or WLS    Wales

Books on the law of European jurisdictions and the European Union are shelved on Level 3, one floor above the entrance level to the law library

Books from the remaining national jurisdictions are on Level 1, one floor below the entrance level to the law library

For guidance on primary sources and commentary in general, please see if we have a special guide for your jurisdiction(s) of interest

Further guidance on particular aspects

Recommend a book

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the print or ebook you are looking for, you can make a recommendation by completing the form below (Oxford Single-Sign On required).

Inter-library requests

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the book you are looking for, we may be able to source it through Oxford's inter-library request service.