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Use of the David Williams Building during the current period of lockdown

The following arrangements regarding the use of the David Williams Building have been devised in the light of relevant guidance issued by the University and by the UK Government and should be read in conjunction with that guidance. Should Government or University guidance change in a relevant respect, the arrangements for the use of the David Williams Building will be amended accordingly; members of staff and students will be notified by email of any key changes. Please also refer to the University's Stay Safe Cambridge Uni webpages, which set out the approach that is being taken in this area across the collegiate University. 

Members of Faculty staff are only permitted to enter the building in order to undertake essential tasks than cannot be completed remotely. 

Anyone who, in these very limited circumstances, is working within the David Williams Building is required to wear a face-covering at all times. The only exceptions are when working in single-occupancy rooms with closed doors, when actively eating or drinking, or when the individual concerned has a medical exemption. Two-metre social-distancing must be maintained at all times. 

Squire Law Library

At this time of the academic year, it is our usual practice to reserve some parts of the study areas for use by law students only. To facilitate that this year, and to manage the capacity of the building, we have made available two separate booking calendars: 

1. Floors 1 & 2: this booking calendar is for law students only, including law PhD researchers. This calendar will be for floors 1 and 2 and will include the study area that is reserved for law PhDs on Floor 2, which has 12 spaces available. The pre-bookings for these two floors can be made via Moodle.  

2. Floor 3: this separate booking calendar can be found on the ‘Plan Your Visit’ page via the Squire’s website and includes a link to the ‘Book a Visit’ calendar for floor 3 (top floor) of the library, which is available for everyone, both law and non-law students, with a Raven password to access:  

Book a visit

Both of these booking calendars will be available for pre-booking 4 days in advance on a rolling basis, which means the bookings for the first session on Wednesday 7 April will open from 10:00 on Saturday 3 April. 

Services that do not require pre-booking

1. Click & collect: The Squire will still be operating its ‘scan and deliver’ service. ‘Click and collect’ will also continue as before, and collection and return of books will be extended to the period that the building is open (ie. 10.00 and 13.00). In order to collect or return books, pre-booking would not be required unless it was to coincide with a visit to the book stacks and study areas.  

2. Printing/copying and scanning: In response to requests form students we have positioned a networked MFD (multi-function device) for printing/scanning/photocopying just outside the Squire’s enquiry desk on floor 1 for use with laptops. To use this machine, pre-booking is not required as it is situated outside the library space. The other two machines that are in the library (on floor 1 and 2) would still require pre-booking. 

Face coverings 

Please be aware that you may be challenged by a member of staff should you not be wearing a face covering. In almost all circumstances, it is necessary to wear a face covering while in the David Williams Building (including while in the Squire Law Library, even when seated). The only exceptions are when working in single-occupancy rooms with closed doors, when actively eating or drinking, or when the individual concerned has a medical exemption.  

Social distancing 

Library areas and offices have been configured to facilitate 2m social distancing. Markings and signage in library areas and offices clearly indicate seats and desks that can and cannot be used in accordance with social distancing. Building users should ensure that they comply with such markings and signage and should also observe social distancing while moving around the building. An office should not be entered without first seeking the permission of the occupier. 


Excellent hand hygiene remains a key infection control measure. Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance to and in multiple locations around the building. Everyone should use hand sanitiser on entering the building and as appropriate while in the building. 


Cleaning will take place in the building throughout the day. Cleaners will target 'high touch' surfaces and shared areas within the building (e.g. lift buttons, door handles, water coolers, kitchens, taps, toilets).. 

One-way and 'keep left' systems 

One-way and 'keep left' systems are in place in some parts of the building, including on staircases and in some corridors. Where this is the case it is clearly indicated by signage. All building users are expected to observe one-way and 'keep left' systems where they are indicated. 

Symptoms and self-isolation 

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, you should follow official advice regarding self-isolation and should under no circumstances enter the building. Members of staff who develop symptoms while in the building should notify their manager and then leave work immediately, thereafter following official guidance regarding self-isolation and testing. Students who develop symptoms while in the building should leave the building immediately, notify the Faculty as soon as possible (by emailing that they developed symptoms while in the building, and thereafter follow official guidance regarding self-isolation and testing and any relevant guidance issued by their College. Anyone who, while in the building, receives a notification requiring them to begin a period of self-isolation should immediately leave the building. Students who receive such notifications during a class should immediately notify their lecturer so that the lecturer can implement the protocol that the Faculty has adopted for such circumstances. 

Scanning QR Codes 

You only need scan once per visit, NHS QR codes can be found at multiple locations around the building including: on the front entrance noticeboard; at reception; outside lecture theatres; and at the Squire Law Library entrance. 

For information on using the NHS Test and Trace app/QR Codes, please see the NHS website