BIALL is the leading professional body in the UK and Ireland for information professionals working within legal information. Set up in 1969 BIALL is a self-supporting association which draws its income primarily from membership subscriptions. 

It is a voluntary organisation, with no salaried staff,  run by the members for the members. BIALL’s ongoing role is to support those within the sector and to help demonstrate the important and vital role information professionals still have within all sections of legal information.

The Association is run through its Committees and the BIALL Council.

The specifics of how the organisation is run are set out in the following documents:

If you are interested in the History of BIALL please view our History Timeline.

The BIALL Vision

BIALL leads the way in legal information.

It provides opportunities for members to exchange information and share best practice, enhance their knowledge of legal information management, and promote the value of law libraries and the legal information profession

It actively engages with other organisations serving librarianship and legal information and supports members to attend the meetings and conferences of those organisations

It acts as a forum for legal information professionals and suppliers of legal information.

It encourages bibliographic study and research into law librarianship through publication in the Association’s journal, Legal Information Management.



A selection of BIALL Members explain: Where they work; What they enjoy about their work; What they’d say to someone considering a career in Information & Librarianship; Why they joined BIALL; and Why you should to go to the Annual BIALL Conference.

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