The ILBF relies entirely on donations to be able to carry out its work. The charity is very grateful for the support it receives from across the UK.

How do I financially support the ILBF?

You can support the work of the ILBF by making a donation via the Charities Aid Foundation:


Or if you prefer to discuss making a financial donation, please get in touch with us by using the ILBF contact form.

How do I practically support the ILBF?

You can support the ILBF in a number of other ways:

  • put us in touch with overseas institutions who would be interested to apply for books
  • packing days
  • shipping and distribution of books
  • administration
  • raising awareness of the ILBF through social media

If you can assist with any of the above, please contact us by using the ILBF contact form and provide us with a description of how you can help.

How do I donate books to the ILBF?

The books sent by the ILBF to organisations abroad are kindly donated by the legal community from across the UK. Our books are stored in space generously provided by Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills.


How to donate books:


You can help us to reduce our costs and save volunteers’ time by donating only those books which match our criteria and which have been approved by the charity by email. On the ILBF contact form, please tell us about the books you would like to donate.

 General guidance on books required

We’re focused on collecting the core English legal texts that will make an impact and be most relevant to the recipient organisations. The ILBF has limited storage space and therefore we are only able to accept the books which will be most relevant or useful to intended recipients. Please follow the guidance below to ensure that the books you are sending will be able to be put to good use.

The ILBF does not accept:

  • Books in poor condition, torn or marked.
  • Books more than 10 years old unless it is the last edition of a text and save as appears below.
  • Non legal books
  • UK solicitor/barrister directories
  • Civil Procedure (other than the RSC 1999 – see below) which is older than 2020
  • Statutes based materials such as Company handbooks etc
  • Unbound weekly parts of law reports
  • Scots law materials
  • Current law Citator
  • Supplements to major works without the major work

The ILBF does accept the following:

  • Practitioner texts on all civil and criminal practice areas, including international law (public and private), comparative law and conflict of laws
  • Specialist texts, including legal philosophy, jurisprudence, legal method, statutory interpretation, the study of law, etc
  • University/GDL/LPC/BPTC student textbooks on all practice areas (including cases and materials texts) and books on advocacy
  • Bound series of law reports, eg All England Reports, English Reports, Weekly Law Reports (but not unbound parts)
  • Legal Dictionaries, ie ‘Words and Phrases Legally Defined’ and ‘Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary’
  • Legal encyclopaedias, such as Halsbury’s Laws
  • 1999 Green Book or 1999 White Book
  • Criminal and Civil Procedure from 2022, including texts on evidence.

When the ILBF replies to your enquiry about a book donation, we will give you the address details for the storage facility. If you are based in London, the storage has a DX address. If your donation is large enough to fill a box or boxes, please download a contents list form to attach to the outside of the box(es).

Unfortunately, the ILBF is not able to reimburse the cost of sending donated books to our storage facility.