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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 alumni and members of affiliated institutions.

Other students and researchers may apply to use the library at the discretion of the Squire Law Librarian. Please contact the library team in advance of your visit.

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 Enquiry 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 old editions of prominent legal texts which are kept in storage in the basement floors of the building.

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:

  • LLM and MCL students are allowed to borrow from their own dedicated LLM and MCL collection, which is located on the first floor of the library
  • PhD students and University Staff members are able to borrow materials from the main collections
  • Visiting scholars to the Faculty and associated Centres may, in some circumstances, borrow materials from the main collections

If you haven't previously borrowed material from the Squire Law Library, please register with your University Card at the Enquiry Desk between 09:00-17:00 (Monday-Friday) or contact the library team in advance of your visit.

In the library

Library users are asked to keep noise to a minimum in all areas of the library. Please set mobile devices to silent. 

The consumption of food is not permitted in any part of the library. You are welcome to bring drinks with lids into the library.