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Using the Squire Law Library

Pre-booking is no longer necessary to use the library. However, the overall approach to using the library will continue to be in line with that of using the David Williams Building as a whole. Further details can be found here. Information about University policies relating to Covid-19 can be found on the University’s Stay Safe Cambridge Uni webpages.

The library continues to operate with a reduced capacity, but one that has been increased since the end of the last academic year. If a space is not available at the time of your visit, then we suggest making a return later in the day and / or consider using one of the other libraries that are located close by.

Safety in the library: hands, face, space

Cambridge University Libraries, of which the Squire is a part, expects readers to be conscientious in respecting the University current guidance around the continuing emphasis on ‘Hands, Face, Space’. The current guidance for using libraries at the University can be found here.

Face coverings:  in all areas of the library, unless a medical exemption applies

In line with the University’s policy on the use of face coverings, we expect face coverings to be worn by students, staff and all visitors to the Squire Law Library, unless a medical exemption applies. This includes when seated at a study space and when moving around the library.

Social distancing: maintain an appropriate distance from others

All users of the David Williams Building are asked to be sensitive to, and conscious of, other users of the building by maintaining an appropriate distance from others and avoiding gathering in groups and that includes when visiting the library. The seats at the study desks have been arranged to enable social distancing.

Hygiene: continue to be safe

Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance and in multiple locations around the library. Everyone should use hand sanitiser on entering the library. Desk cleaning materials are also provided. Toilets and hand washing facilities are located on each floor.

Covid-19 Symptoms and self-isolation

Anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or are otherwise required to self-isolate, should not enter the David Williams Building, and therefore not visit the Squire Law Library, until the requisite period has expired.

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 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.


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