University of Cambridge

Libraries Gateway

New to Cambridge Libraries?

The libraries of the University of Cambridge house rich and diverse collections of information resources to support the teaching and research of the University. There are over 100 libraries in Cambridge.

Information about each library can be found in the online Libraries Directory. If you need to find out where a library is, use the libraries map, or alternatively, the University map.

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1) Cambridge University Library and Affiliated Libraries

The University Library (or UL as it is often called) welcomes staff and students from all colleges and subject areas. Its extensive collections are ideal for in-depth research, and there are seven large reading rooms perfect for private study.


In addition to the main building, the UL collections are complemented by the Affiliated Libraries that contain subject-focused material in separate locations.

2) Department and Faculty Libraries

Department and faculty library collections support teaching and research in subject areas taught at Cambridge, including books from reading lists. Many have subject librarians who can provide specialist support and assistance.

With so much choice, make sure you get to know all the facilities you can use. As borrowing rights and opening hours vary considerably from library to library, check the library's web site before you go!

3) College Libraries

Your college library is generally the first library you'll visit and is often the most convenient, providing core texts and quiet spaces for study. Many college libraries offer long opening hours.

College libraries are private libraries for use by their own students and staff. Should you wish to consult material housed in a college library that is not your own, you should contact the college library to seek permission before visiting the library.


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