The Squire Law Library is part of the University Library. Use of the Library is subject to the rules made by the Library Syndicate and the Law Sub-syndicate.
Opening and closing
- Except on the days when it is closed under Rule 2, the Library shall be open as follows:
Monday to Friday
09.00 - 21.00 (22.00 in Easter term until the end of examinations)
09.00 - 18.00
Monday to Friday
09.00 - 19.00
09.00 - 13.00
Any variations in these hours determined by the Law Sub-syndicate will be published and posted in the Library.
- The Library shall be closed on the following days:
Sundays throughout the year;
Christmas Eve and the following days up to and including the New Year public holiday;
Good Friday and the three following days;
the August Bank Holiday;
one week in September as determined from time to time by the Law Sub-syndicate for the purpose of an annual inspection and the preparation of the Library and the lists of missing books.
- Twenty-five minutes before the Law Faculty Building closes, a bell will be rung. Library services will cease 20 minutes before the building closes. Readers should vacate the library floors 10 minutes before the building officially closes when the bell is rung for the second and final time. The building will be checked thereafter for final closure at the advertised time.
- All persons admitted to use the Library shall register as readers.
- The Library shall be open to the following: all members of the University and other persons, on the production of a valid University Library Reader's ticket. In addition the following persons may be granted permission to use the Library upon signing a declaration to observe the Rules for the Use of the Library as published in the Visitors' Book maintained at the reference desk of the Squire Law Library;
- In addition to those qualified under Rule 5, the following persons may be granted admission to the Library but shall not be allowed to borrow:
- Any person over the age of 21 engaged in private study or research, if supported by appropriate evidence of academic standing and fitness for admission. Cards issued shall be valid for not more than two years but may be renewed.
- Other persons over the age of 21 engaged in study or research connected with commerce or profit, if supported by appropriate recommendations concerning their suitability and fitness for admission. Cards issued shall be valid for not more than one year but may be renewed.
- Undergraduates from other universities normally resident in Cambridge, if supported by appropriate recommendations, to be admitted during the vacations of this University.
- Exceptionally other persons may be admitted at the discretion of the Librarian. All persons admitted to the Library who are not members of the University shall sign an undertaking to observe all the Rules and Regulations. Reader's Cards are not transferable.
- For the issue of a Reader's Card under section (a) of Rule 6, there shall be an administrative charge of £10 made for Cards valid for up to six months £20 for Cards valid for up to twelve months and £40 for Cards valid for up to two years. No charge is made for the single issue within any twelve month period of a Card valid for up to seven consecutive days, nor for the issue of a Reader's Card to a current member of the academic staff or registered research student of any other university funded by one of the higher education funding councils in the United Kingdom, nor for the issue of a Reader's Card to a member of the Friends of the Library. The whole or part of the administrative fee and of the monthly or yearly charge may be waived at the discretion of the Librarian. Temporary readers may be required to work in a particular area designated by the Librarian and shall comply with any special conditions laid down by the Sub-syndicate.
- For the issue of a Reader's Card under section (b) of Rule 6, there shall be an administrative fee of £20, in addition to a charge of £100 a year. For the use of the Squire Law Library and one other additional library in the University Library system (Scientific Periodicals Library, Medical Library or main University Library) the annual charge shall be £175; for the use of two additional libraries in the University Library system the annual charge shall be £250; for the use of all four libraries in the University Library system the annual charge shall be £325. The whole or part of the administrative fee and of the monthly or yearly charge may be waived at the discretion of the Librarian. The issue of a Reader's Card in accordance with this Rule shall not exempt the holder from payment of the full cost of using any service or facility for which the Library normally makes a charge.
- The Law Sub-syndicate reserves the right to cancel at any time, without assigning cause for the cancellation, any Reader's Card issued under Rule 6, and will repay the appropriate proportion of any charge, exclusive of the administrative fee, that may have been paid by the holder.
- Young children may not be brought into the Library.
- The Sub-syndicate may direct the exclusion, either indefinitely or for a specified period, of any person whose admission they consider prejudicial to the interests of the Library or its users.
- Swipe cards giving access to the Library shall be issued by the Faculty of Law only to:
- Staff of the Library;
- Members of the Faculty of Law who are University officers or Fellows of Colleges;
- Such other persons as the Squire Law Librarian may; in his discretion, determine.
- Persons to whom cards are issued shall accept responsibility for proper use. Swipecards are not transferable.
- No book shall be borrowed from the Library, except
- in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Librarian or Deputy Librarian of the Squire Law Library; or
- for use in the Faculty of Law building in connection with teaching: or
- in the case of the LL.M. Collection only.
- No person shall remove any item from the Library without following the borrowing procedures laid down by the Syndicate, on pain of paying a fine not exceeding £150. Any person who having borrowed an item is unable, without showing good reason, to return it, and any person who wilfully damages an item, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £150. The imposition of such fines shall be without prejudice to the University's right to obtain compensation in addition for any loss or damage suffered by the University.
- Personal details of borrowers of Library materials may not be disclosed to other readers, nor shall any person use the computerised facilities of the Library to obtain or process data except in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
Behaviour in the library
- Silence shall be maintained as far as possible in the Library.
- Readers may bring bags, files, folders, coats and the like into the Library subject to examination on exit.
- Bottles of ink, correction fluid and other potentially damaging substances, cameras and personal copying machines shall not be taken into the Library.
- Food and drink shall not be taken into the Library.
- Smoking and the lighting of matches or other fuel are not permitted in the Library.
- The marking of any Library materials is forbidden.
- The use of portable computers is permitted in the Library provided they are silent or quiet in operation. Users of this equipment may be required to work in specified areas or to stop using a computer if it constitutes a distraction to other readers.
- The use of equipment likely to disturb or distract other readers or to damage Library materials (e.g. mobile telephones, digital scanners, radios, personal hi-fi equipment, or computers to perform any of the functions of such machines) is not permitted in the Library.
- The Library Syndicate shall have the power to impose a fine not exceeding £150 on any person who wilfully infringes any of these Rules. Any person from whom any fine is due that has been imposed under these Rules shall not be admitted to the Library nor allowed to borrow until such fine has been paid.
- Use of the Library's computers shall be only in accordance with the terms of the JANET Acceptable Use policy.
- Readers are not permitted to go barefoot in the Library.