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M.A.(Cantab); B.A.(Hons) (Sheffield); DipLib; MCLIP
Squire Law Librarian


Academic librarianship; library design; law librarianship; legal bibliography; legal information.

CV / Biography

Squire Law Librarian

Senior Manager, Cambridge University Library

Assistant Secretary, University Library Syndicate

Chair, Cambridge University Libraries Copyright Group (CULCG)

Editor, Legal Information Management (LIM)


David Wills has worked at the Squire Law Library at the University of Cambridge for more that 25 years and since 1996 he has held the position of Squire Law Librarian. He manages one of the largest legal libraries in the UK which supports the research and teaching activities of Cambridge’s Faculty of Law. Previously, he worked in the Civil Service as Assistant Librarian at the Home Office in London (1990-1993). 

In the wider context of the academic library environment he has also had a variety of roles at senior management level at Cambridge University Library.

He is a life member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL), a former President of that association (in 2010/2011) and, since 2011, he has been the commissioning editor of the journal, Legal Information Management which is published by Cambridge University Press. Among a number of external roles, he is currently a member of the Advisory Council for the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), University of London. He held a Visiting Fellowship in Law Librarianship at IALS in 1997-1998.



  • David Wills, ‘Library Routes’ [2018] (January) BIALL Newsletter, 17-19

  • David Wills, ‘Some reflections on the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) “Summit” 2010: Mapping our Future’ [2010] 10(4) Legal Information Management, 287-290

  • Ruth Bird, David Wills & Jules Winterton, ‘Collaborating on collections: a structured approach’ [2009] BIALL Newsletter, 13-14

  • David Wills, ‘The Squire Law Library: past, present and future’ [2001] (2) Cambridge LawLink, 8-9

  • David Wills, ‘Greater collaboration between law libraries?’ [1999] 14 Amicus Curiae, Journal of IALS, 18-19

  • David Wills, ‘National legal collections: historical co-operation’ [1999] 30(1) Law Librarian, 65-67

  • David Wills, ‘The Squire Law Library…rediscovered’ [1999] 31(2) Law Librarian, 124-126