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Using the library

The library is open to all current staff and student members of the University of Cambridge, as well as members of affiliated institutions.

The Squire Law Library is fully committed to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity.

Availability of material

The vast majority of the library's materials are available on open access. The collections that are kept on closed access include the antiquarian legal history material held in the Maitland Legal History Room, the historical Labour Law collection, legal biographies and old editions of prominent legal texts which are kept in storage in the basement floors of the building. Please contact the library team in advance of your visit for further details on access to materials kept in store.

Borrowing material

The Squire is essentially a reference library and the collections are intended to be in constant use as a reference collection.

There are some exceptions to this rule for:

  • LLM and MCL students
  • PhD students and University Staff members 
  • Visiting scholars to the Faculty and associated Centres may, in some circumstances, borrow materials from the main collections

Please use the Click and Collect service, which enables you to request materials in advance for collection from the Enquiry Desk. Alternatively, book a visit to browse the print collections.

Explore the David Williams Building

You can explore the building housing the Faculty of Law and the Squire Law Library using our 3D virtual tour: