Introduction to the law library

Library collection

1. Periodicals

The Belgian law reviews can be found in one reading room. Furthermore there is a broad choice of important foreign national and international law journals in our reading room Fredericq.

All periodicals are shelved alphabetically according to the title.

To find out if the library holds a specific journal you are looking for, check the printed journal-catalogue that you can find in each Reading room or consult our catalogue.


2. Books

All books are shelved in lecture reading rooms.

Shelving : All books are arranged according to subject, secondly, according to the country and thirdly, chronological. A detailed list of all subjects can be found on the side of the different cupboards.


3. Newspapers

Most of the newspapers can be found in :

The Central Library

Location : Rozier 9, 9000 Gent : Journal room
Opening hours : MON-FRI : 08.00 a.m.-16.30 p.m.
Collection : among others : The Times, The Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine : Zeitung für Deutschland, Le Monde,...

The department of Political and Social Sciences (PS05)

Location : Universiteitstraat 8, 9000 Gent, first floor
Opening Hours : MON-FRI : 09.00 a.m.-12.30 a.m. and 13.30 p.m. - 17.00 p.m.
Collection : International Herald Tribune, The Economist, The independent, Le Soir,...

4. Finding materials

To find materials in the Law Library and in other libraries of the Ghent University, it is necessary to use the appropriate catalogue and research databases.

Use Meercat ( to find books and journals (e-journals and printed ones) in the Law Library and other libraries of the University of Ghent.Through the Internet, this catalogue can be accessed all over the world.

All Books and periodicals shelved in the Law library have the notation RBIB.
This notation is followed in Aleph by the first 3 character of the law department in Dutch :
General law handbooks : RBIB.ALG
Social Law : RBIB.SOC
Humanitarian Law : RBIB.HR
Public law : RBIB. PUB
International public law : RBIB.INT
Penal law : RBIB.STR
Medical law : RBIB.MED
Transport law and private maritime law : RBIB.TRA
History of law and Roman law : RBIB.RGE
Basics of the law : RBIB.GRO
Environmental Law : RBIB.MIL
Non-Western-Law : RBIB.NWR
Arbitration and mediation : RBIB.A&B
Law and economics : RBIB.L&E
Insurance law : RBIB.VER
Civil law : RBIB.BUR
Notarial law : RBIB.NOT
Procedural law : RBIB.PRO
Commercial law : RBIB.HAN
Company law : RBIB.OND
Financial law : RBIB.FIN
Comparative law : RBIB.RVG
International private law : RBIB.IPR
Criminal law : RBIB.CRI

The separate reading room Dekkers (European Law) has the notation R17.

Research databases :

In English :

  • Westlaw : online legal research service provides instant access to statutes, cases, news, business information, public records, forms, and much more. Westlaw is available at all workstations. In order to access: go to icon "snelkoppeling naar bronnen".
  • Hein Online : (to find full text articles in American journals) is available at all workstations. In order to access : go to icon "snelkoppeling naar bronnen".
  • Elin (Electronic Library Information Navigator): gives you access to the electronic full-text collection of our University. To access : go to
  • Index to (Foreign) Legal Periodicals Index to Legal Periodicals & Books is a bibliographic database that cites articles from legal periodicals and indexes law books published in 1993 and later. Periodical coverage includes law reviews, bar association journals, university publications, yearbooks, institutes, and government publications. Index to Legal Periodicals & Books covers all areas of jurisprudence, including recent court decisions, new legislation, and original scholarship.
    To access : go to Meercat ( Change language. Choose "Databases", enter "index to foreign legal periodicals" and "search".
  • United Nation Treaty Series (UNTS) In order to access : go to icon "snelkoppeling naar bronnen".

Our other research databases are mainly in Dutch and/or French : Jur@, Strada, Jurisquare, Tweetalige wetboeken Story-Scientia (TWS), Juridisk, Juridische Bibliotheek, Lamy : Droit des Personnes, Juris-classeurs...