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Law: Books

The library guide for Cambridge University's Squire Law Library.


The Squire Law Library is the third largest legal library in the UK and therefore has an extensive collection of books and e-books.

Search the iDiscover catalogue below to see what is available.  

Classification scheme

The Squire Law Library has a unique classification scheme based on the jurisdiction and area of law. For example:

J - English law
J.s - Commercial law - Company law - Type of book (textbook) - Author's surname - A running number** - Second copy

For a further breakdown see the guides below.

Make a recommendation

If you would like to recommend a book or resource you can email: 

or complete our form.


e-Books within legal databases

Most e-books are accessible through iDiscover but there are also some key texts available through Westlaw and Lexis that may not be accessible via the catalogue.


Photo of a pile of five law textbooks on a desk in the Squire Law Library.

Legal Deposit

Legal Deposit

By law, a copy of every UK print publication must be given to the British Library by its publishers, and to five other major libraries that request it. This system is called legal deposit and has been a part of English law since 1662. Cambridge University Library is one of the legal deposit libraries and the Squire Law Library holds most of the University Library's law stock.


Publishers are switching to e-deposit so that instead of depositing a physical copy they deposit an electronic copy which can only be viewed on a single machine. The catalogue records can be seen in iDiscover and will be marked "Available on designated PCs in the main University Library and Affiliated Libraries only."

For more information there is a dedicated LibGuide on electronic legal deposit: