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Research/Study Areas at the Squire

Two designated areas are available for exclusive use by PhD students for the purposes of research:

PhD Study Room (Room T11)

This room is situated on the third floor of the Squire. The room has places for twelve students and includes reading desks, comfortable seating, desk lighting and adjacent shelving. Entry to the room is swipe card controlled for the purposes of security.

PhD Research Suite

This facility is situated on the second floor of the Squire, in the open-plan reading area behind the Freshfields Legal IT Centre. Registered law PhD students may use this facility having made a reservation with the Squire Law Librarian. Provision has been made for 26 study spaces with comfortable seating, each with a lockable draw cabinet in which to keep possessions secure. Students may request a key for a cabinet from the Librarian, David Wills, for a refundable deposit of £10.

Other Research Facilities:

The Maitland Legal History Room: for those PhDs with a specific interest in legal history, the Maitland Room on floor one is an important research facility and has five reading spaces. This room is also used by academic staff, visitors and other researchers with an interest in legal history. In order to access this room, please ask at the Library's Reference Desk.

The Freshfields Legal IT Centre (Room S19): located on the second floor, this room is used for IT teaching and training purposes mainly in term time. However, when not be used in this way, it is a room for quiet study and research and it is available for use by PhD students, as well as other users of the library. The room contains twenty four networked pcs.

Research Support for PhDs

The Library subscribes to a wide range of electronic services across most subject areas. This portfolio of services includes electronic databases, digital services, e-journals and a growing array of e-books. These services complement the printed collections located across the three floors of the library.

Library staff are available for assistance from the Reference Desk (on floor 1) concerning general research and library enquiries.

Reference Librarians are also available, by appointment, for specialised legal research assistance. For matters relating to the Anglo-American collections and English legal history, contact David Wills (;  for assistance with comparative, foreign or international law, please contact Lesley Dingle ( and information about using legal databases and electronic services in general, please contact Daniel Bates (

Other Facilities for PhD Students

Borrowing privileges:

In general, the Squire is a non-borrowing reference-only library. However, law PhD students have borrowing privileges from the main collections of the Squire. Five books may be borrowed for one week loan period. PhDs are also entitled to borrow from the main University Library.

Out-of-Hours Access:

Law PhD students may apply to the Squire Law Librarian for 24 hour access to the library. In order to enquire about this privilege, PhD students can contact David Wills at: