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Using the Squire Law 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 print materials are available for use on the open book shelves. The collections that are kept on closed shelf 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

Click and Collect service is available, which enables you to request materials in advance for collection from the Enquiry Desk. 

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:

Food and drink

You are welcome to bring drinks with lids into the library. However, no food please.


The David Williams Building is an open plan building and sometimes it can be noisy. We ask that you are conscious of how noise can spread through the building and to keep voices as low as possible. Mobile phone conversations should be held away from the library floors so as not to disturb others. A video conferencing booth is available on level 2 of the library. 


If you need assistance with any aspect of your visit please contact the Squire Law Library team and we will be pleased to help.