LexisNexis and the International Law Book Facility

April 2012

LexisNexis UK is a founding partner of the International Law Book Facility (ILBF), working alongside the International Bar Association, the UK Law Society, and law colleges and firms.

ILBF promotes access to justice by supplying printed legal texts to the legal community, NGOs, and civic institutions in 18 countries, with a further 10 countries planned for 2012. New recipient partners in the year included AdvocAid and the Access to Justice Law Centre (Sierra Leone); the University of Namibia, the University of the West Indies (Jamaica and Antigua); the Solicitor General’s Chambers and the Legal Advice and Services Centre of Belize; the South African Development Community library in Gaborone, Botswana; and the Kenyatta University School of Law and Moi University in Kenya.

LexisNexis has contributed some 5,500 books over the last six years. In 2011, LexisNexis supported the charity by:

  • Serving on its Operating Committee
  • Creating and hosting the charity's new website, now generating over 200 views a month from around the world
  • Creating and maintaining an active social media presence to foster a sense of community among recipients and book donors
  • Providing PR and marketing advice
  • Support, assistance and advice on appropriate texts

Staff are encouraged to use their RE Cares days to pack books and organise shipments. Feedback from recipients indicates how the materials are making a difference:

“We received the books...and I must say on behalf of the Solicitor General’s Chambers and the Legal Advice and Services Centre that we are eternally grateful for your organisation’s kind contribution.”  The Solicitor General’s Chambers, Belize

“On behalf of SADC Secretariat we would like to thank you and your Institution for this donation. We believe that the books will be very useful to our Legal Unit.”  Librarian, the South African Development Community library in Gaborone, Botswana

“On behalf of our users I wish to extend heartfelt appreciation for your gift. We are operating with meagre book budgets and these books will go a very long way in assisting us to build our collection, and in meeting the various information needs of our users. The books are relevant and timely! Do send us more whenever you are able to. Keep up the good work and best wishes. Asante sana!” Librarian at the School of Law at Moi University, Kenya

“A well-stocked library will enhance the Law School's aim to be a centre of legal excellence.”  Kenyatta University