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The West Room, located on the first floor, is reserved for readers of post-1899 unbound books and newspapers and post-1850 periodicals as well as certain other classes of modern though rare, fragile or valuable items.

The room contains:

  • Current issues of academic periodicals, arranged by subject, in pigeon-holes A-Z
  • The latter part of the main reference collection (class R850 - R952)
  • A selection of language dictionaries, an atlas and lost property (bay 30)
  • A small part of the Official Publication collection

As a constituent part of the Reference Department, staff in the West Room are responsible for the delivery of the University Library’s service to its users both in person and remotely.

Books and periodicals may not be removed from the West Room without permission.

The West Room, Reading Room, Microform Reading Room and Inter-Library Loans Department together constitute the Reference Department, whose staff are responsible for the delivery of the University Library’s service to its users both in person and remotely.

The Reference Department has six main service functions: enquiry work; book, periodical and microform fetching; supply and delivery of material via inter-library loan; maintenance of the reference collections; assistance to readers in the use of IT and assistance to readers with special needs.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday : 09.00-19.00 (21.45 in the Easter Full Term)
Saturday : 09.00-16.45

Contact us

Reference Department (West Room) 
Cambridge University Library
West Road 
Cambridge 
CB3 9DR

Emailreference@lib.cam.ac.uk

Telephone:
+44 (0) 1223 333121
+44 (0) 1223 333016

Periodicals Department (West Room) 
Cambridge University Library
West Road 
Cambridge 
CB3 9DR

Emailperiod@lib.cam.ac.uk

Telephone:
+44 (0) 1223 333119
+44 (0) 1223 333120