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Library and information service

The LIS provides a huge range of resources for its students and members

The Library & Information Service (LIS) is ICAEW's renowned leading business library, providing a huge range of resources for its students and members.

Based in The Business Centre, Chartered Accountants' Hall, London you don't have to visit in person to make good use of its extensive resources and services since you can access almost the entire range of resources online or via the telephone.

Library enquiry helpline

Whether you've got a quick question or need some more detailed research you can contact the library enquiry helpline and a dedicated team of information professionals will answer your enquiry. They will guide you to the best sources from a wide range of online databases, books, articles and the internet. All enquiries are responded to within 24 hours and most of the research will be carried out free of charge.

Contact the LIS if, for example, you need:

  • information on presentation and communication skills
  • information on business management
  • information on UK and international accounting and auditing standards
  • example financial statements and accounts
  • UK and international taxation as well as taxation of different industry sectors.

Contact the LIS Enquiry Helpline on +44 (0)207 920 8620 or email library@icaew.com.

Book loan service and document delivery

The LIS operates a book lending service. You can borrow up to three books at any one time. Books are loaned for three weeks and may be renewed up to three times (unless someone else has requested the book). Books are posted out free of charge by second class post. In addition, copies of journal articles and extracts from books and online databases can be supplied for a modest charge.

Online resources

The LIS provides students with a wide range of key electronic resources.


The LIS provides students with free access to:

  • articles from UK and international journals
  • country reports
  • industry profiles, including market research reports
  • company reports
  • pensions information

Library catalogue

This is the accountancy profession's search engine. LibCat, the Library catalogue, provides details of all the 50,000 books held by the LIS as well as over 45,000 abstracts of journal articles. LibCat will also help you source model documents, including proforma sets of accounts. If you can't find what you're looking for simply contact the LIS Enquiry Helpline and we will search the catalogue for you.

Online Books

Students can access over 300 business and technical books covering topics such as taxation, accounting, audit, business ethics, valuation, law, financial management, marketing, career/personal development and managing people.

Subject gateways

Links to online articles, breiefings, checklists and over 10,000 websites arranged in helpful subject categories including business information, corporate governance, risk management, management, tax and charities.

Online guides

Free, online guides providing concise, practical information on key business issues.

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