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Squire Law Librarian

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


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

CV / Biography

Squire Law Librarian

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 since 1993 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 held a variety of senior management roles within Cambridge University Libraries, including in 2022 as Interim Head of Humanities & Social Sciences Libraries, and was also Assistant Secretary to the Library Syndicate between 2016 and 2021.

He has been an active member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) since 1998, was President of the Association in 2010/2011 and was awarded Life Membership in 2017. Since 2011 David 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 and is currently a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the International  Association of Law Libraries (IALL) for the period 2022-2025.



  •  David Wills, 'The Squire Law Library: Celebrating Foster's Design. A Return to Forever' (2021) 21(3-4) Legal Information Management, 146-159
  •  David Wills, 'From The Law Librarian to Legal Information Management, From Bulletin to Journal: a Jubilee Year' (2020) 20(1) Legal Information Management, 4-16

  •  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) The Law Librarian, 65-67

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