The Library is open to all holders of a Cambridge University Identification Card, a Cambridge University Library Readers Ticket, Cambridge graduates, members of the University and others at the discretion of the Squire Law Librarian.
Availability of material
The vast majority of the library's materials are available on open access. Those items that are kept in storage can be requested by contacting the Library Reference Desk. 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 the numerous old editions of prominent legal texts which are kept in storage in the basement floors of the building.
Rules relating to borrowing
The Squire is essentially a reference library only and borrowing is therefore not permitted. The collections are intended to be in constant use as a reference collection.
There are some exceptions to this rule. Firstly, the LLM students are allowed to borrow from their own dedicated LLM collection on an overnight, and an over-the-weekend, basis. Secondly, Law PhD students and Faculty members are able to borrow on a short loan basis.