The Chartered Institute of Taxation
Using the Library

About the library

The library was formally opened on December 18th 1997. It was named after Tony Arnold, the longest serving Secretary of the Institute of Taxation. He served from 1950 to 1979 and was responsible for setting up the branches and the twice yearly conferences.

The collection now boasts over 3000 books and 140 journals, as well as a reader PC with 10 online databases and 25 CDROMs, videos, audio cassettes, legislation, press releases, conference papers, budget material, parliamentary material, Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise leaflets. It is primarily UK based but does include a growing international collection, especially for the EC.

In September 2001 the library became part of the law collection of Kings College London (KCL) and moved into the Maughan Library and Information Services Centre on Chancery Lane. The collections are housed together and Tony Arnold Library users are welcome to make use of KCL material.

There are over 1000 study places throughout the library, and you are welcome to bring a laptop if you wish. The Librarian is full time and you will find the library office in G.13 (on the ground floor) with the reader PC and printer. Get a floorplan to help you find the Tony Arnold Library office..

Click here for more information about our location.

Click here for more information on finding material.

The building is fully wheelchair accessible and there are some parking spaces for disabled visitors. Please contact the Site Manager, Sally Brock, if you need to arrange this.

Click here to view and print an Information sheet about the Tony Arnold Library.

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CIOT and ATT full members and students are entitled to use the library. You will need to show your valid membership card to the porters at the library entrance.

If you are not a CIOT or ATT member please contact the library to discuss access.

We also offer an enquiry and document delivery service to both members and non-members.

Click here for more information about the Document Delivery Service.

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The Tony Arnold Library is a reference only library. We offer extensive opening hours for users to access material and we also offer an enquiry and document delivery service for users who can't access material.

Additionally, CIOT and ATT members may apply to become members of Kings College London library if they wish to borrow from KCL material. The subscription is �70 p.a. and entitles the user to borrow up to 3 four-week loan items at any one time. This will not entitle the holder to borrow Tony Arnold Library material.

Click here for an application form for borrowing rights from Kings College London libraries

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We have six different types of collections, as listed here. Follow these links for lists of our holdings of each type of material. These will be expanded with more detail over time.

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Finding material

The Maughan Library and Information Services Centre that houses the Tony Arnold Library is a very big building arranged over several floors. If you are unfamiliar with it, you will need a map to guide you to the tax materials.

Maps are available inside the library from the library office (room G.13), the enquiry desk or information stands, or can be downloaded and printed from here.

Get a map of the:

You can find materials in three basic ways:

  1. you can search the catalogue to find a specific item or items that match your search terms. You can also get help on how to use the catalogue here
  2. you can look at lists of our collections.
  3. you can browse the shelves.

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If you want to browse the shelves you might need to look in several locations to make sure you find everything. You will also need to get some maps using the link above, or when you are inside the library. The tax material is divided into several locations, depending on its age, size and type, as follows:

Law Books & Law Books Folio (first floor)

  • rooms 1.31 (folio), 1.37 and 1.38
  • Current UK and international material including:
  • textbooks, annuals, looseleafs and tax tables
  • tax is at KI21 to KI43 in both sequences (please note, this is ki21 and not K121)
  • Folio is for books sized A4 or bigger. This includes all of the Tax Law Rewrite project.

Law Journals & Law Journals Folio (first floor and first floor mezzanine)

  • rooms 1.43-1M.51 and 1.39-1M.42 (Folio)
  • Current journals and law reports
  • Folio is for journals sized A4 or bigger
  • both sequences shelved alphabetically
  • the main tax journals are in Room 1M.42 shelved at T - e.g. Tax Adviser, Taxation, Tax Journal, Taxes - Weekly Tax News.

Law Reference and Law Quick Reference (first floor and first floor mezzanine)

  • room 1.41 and 1M.41
  • Current dictionaries and citators, Halsbury's Laws and Stautes, Atkins Court Forms, The Digest, Encyclopedia of Froms and Precedents, Acts of Parliament and Current Law

Law Store (lower groundfloor)

  • room LG.16
  • Older editions of textbooks, annuals, looseleafs, tax tables and some journals
  • All conference papers, press releases, annual reports, CIOT publications, VAT Tribunal transcripts, IR and C&E leaflets
  • Finance Acts, Bills & Debates, Budget material, SI's and double taxation treaties
  • books and journals - tax books at KI21 - KI43 and journals shelved alphabetically

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The Tony Arnold Library is part of the Maughan Library and Information Services Centre on Chancery Lane, London.

The beautiful Victorian gothic building was the Public Records Office (now moved to Kew) and because it is so large it doesn't have a number. It is directly opposite the Law Society, which is no. 113, towards the Fleet Street end of the road. Cross the courtyard and go into the main entrance which is controlled by turnstiles. You will need to show your Tony Arnold Library card to the porter on duty.

Our postcode is WC2A 1LR. Click here for a map.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane on the Central Line (5 minutes walk away) and Temple on the District/Circle Lines (10 minutes walk away). City Thameslink and Farringdon station are both about 15 minutes walk away.

Bus services 8, 25 and 242 stop at the Holborn end of Chancery Lane and services 4, 11 at the Fleet Street end.

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Opening hours

The librarian is available from 9.00 a.m. � 5.00 p.m, Monday to Friday. However, the library is part of a very large academic library and the building is regularly open much longer, from 08.30 a.m. till 10.00 p.m. for most of the year.

Please check the King's College London library webpages for precise opening hours as they vary throughout the year with the academic timetable

Tony Arnold Library users are welcome to make use of the materials at all times but will only get specialist help or be able to use the online material when the librarian is available. Email the library if you would like to make use of the online material.

Additionally, Kings College has its own enquiry desk that can help with general queries and this is open till 8.30 pm. during term time. Again, please check for current opening hours by using the link above.

The building is also open at weekends (except in August and early September) on:

  • Saturdays from 09.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Sundays from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • The Kings College enquiry desk will be open during these hours to help with general enquiries.

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The library also holds CIOT Fellows' theses in 2 sequences. They are all catalogued and are identified by the classmark T001- (TAX THESIS) or B01- (BODY OF WORK). They can be searched for using the same method as you would for a book (i.e. title or author). Search the catalogue here

They are kept in a locked store with KCL theses and can be requested either through the Maughan Library main issue desk or the Tony Arnold Librarian in room G.13. You will need the title, author and thesis number to request it via the issue desk. You cannot take theses out of the library under any circumstances.

Please note, you cannot photocopy from a thesis without the express consent of the author.

Alternatively, you can buy a complete copy of a thesis for �20.

Permission to photocopy from, or buy, a thesis is obtained via the Education Department of the CIOT on 020 7235 9381 or by emailing the Education Department.

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