Law Library


The Wits Law Library is housed in the Oliver Schreiner Law Building on the University s West Campus (map). We serve roughly 2000 students, as well as the staff of the Law School and the University. Unlike other libraries on the Wits Campus, the Law Library is governed directly by the School of Law.

The Wits Law Library is one of the major law libraries in South Africa. It has a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary materials on South African law. The library also has an excellent international law and foreign law collection with particular strength in the law of Commonwealth jurisdictions and the United States.

A significant collection of old authorities (Roman and Roman-Dutch law) is kept separately, in a temperature and humidity-controlled room. The library also offers access to an increasing number of electronic databases. Researchers should also be aware of the related collections held at theGovernment Publications andAfricana libraries on the East Campus.

Suggestions for the further development of the collections are welcome and should be directed to the librarian.

The Catalogue of the University Library (OPAC) includes the Law Library holdings which all have the designation LAW before the class number. Certain older materials (pre-1975) may not be included on the OPAC.

The Law Library has an extensive collection of journals and law reports:

South African law journals list (comprehensive collection)
International law journals list (over 500 titles)

Additional Library Resources

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Human Rights electronic Library(international human rights instruments and jurisprudence)

Law Library Hours:

During Term:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 08h00 - 23h00
Wednesday 09h00 - 23h00
Friday 08h00 - 17h00
During Vacation:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
08h00 - 17h00
Saturday Closed