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Individuals making an application to join or renew their Library membership are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to avoid unnecessary delays. Appointments are made during Reader Registration opening hours. Please telephone: (01223) 333030 to schedule an appointment.

Please note that researchers wishing to access the University Library must be aged 18 years or over.

If you have a disability you are welcome to contact us in advance of your visit to ensure we can meet any special requirements you may have.

Current Staff, Students and Members of the University of Cambridge
Category Borrowing rights Fee Required documentation
Cambridge MAs (not working for University of Cambridge) 20 books for 8 weeks None

Photo ID & current proof of home address.

College Assistants 20 books for 8 weeks or Reading access only None

University of Cambridge Card or photo ID & 5.4 form (for borrowing access) or Letter of appointment

Fellows of Colleges; College Teaching Officers 20 books for 8 weeks None

University of Cambridge Card & Letter of appointment

Former Post-Doc Reading access only None

CamCard, photo ID & current proof of home addres

Graduate Students (University of Cambridge) 20 books for 8 weeks None

University of Cambridge ID Card; New postgraduate students should find that their University ID cards are automatically registered at the University Library. Students changing course, or extending their programme of study, should make arrangements to see Reader Registration. Appointments are made during Reader Registration opening hours. Please telephone us to schedule an appointment.

Non-Resident BA (incl. Cert & Diploma holders) Reading access only None

Photo ID & current proof of home address

Ordinands at Cambridge Theological Colleges 10 books for 2 weeks None

University of Cambridge Card & Letter from Board of Graduate Studies, College or Department

Undergraduates (University of Cambridge) 10 books for 2 weeks None

University of Cambridge Card

 

University of Cambridge Visiting Scholars and Visiting Fellows 20 books for 8 weeks None

University of Cambridge Visiting Scholars and Visiting Fellows

University Staff (Officers, Research and Assistant staff) 20 books for 8 weeks None

University of Cambridge Card

Current Staff and Students of other Universities
Category Borrowing rights Fee Required documentation
Academic staff from non-UK universities Reading access only, including Special Collections materials An administrative charge of £10 for six months (or £20 for 12 months) will be made for a card. No charge is made for the single issue within any twelve-month period of a card valid for up to seven consecutive days.

University photographic ID & current proof of home address

Academic staff from UK universities (SCONUL) Reading access only, including Special Collections materials None

University photographic ID & current proof of home address

Anglia Ruskin Students Reading access only, including Special Collections materials None

University photographic ID & current proof of home address

Postgraduates (taught) from non-UK universities Not normally admitted. Admitted only if requested by formal letter from university tutor An administrative charge of £10 for six months (or £20 for 12 months) will be made for a card. No charge is made for the single issue within any twelve-month period of a card valid for up to seven consecutive days.

University photographic ID & current proof of home address.

Postgraduates (taught) from UK universities (SCONUL) Reading access only, including Special Collections materials None

University photographic ID & current proof of home address.

Research students from non-UK universities Reading access only, including Special Collections materials An administrative charge of £10 for six months (or £20 for 12 months) will be made for a card. No charge is made for the single issue within any twelve-month period of a card valid for up to seven consecutive days.

University photographic ID & current proof of home address

Research students from UK universities (SCONUL) Reading access only, including Special Collections materials None

University photographic ID & current proof of home address

Undergraduates from non-UK Universities Not normally admitted Not normally admitted

Not normally admitted

Undergraduates from UK & Irish universities (SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme) Vacation reading only. Reading access only, including Special Collections materials None

University photographic ID & current proof of home address.

 

 

Private / business researchers
Category Borrowing rights Fee Required documentation
Business / Commercial Researcher Reading access only, including Special Collections materials An administrative charge of £10 for six months (or £20 for 12 months) will be made for a card. No charge is made for the single issue within any twelve-month period of a card valid for up to seven consecutive days.

Photo ID & current proof of home address

Current Friends members and new members joining in 2016 Reading access only, including Special Collections materials

Photo ID, current proof of home addres & Friends membership card

Private Researcher Reading access only, including Special Collections materials An administrative charge of £10 for six months (or £20 for 12 months) will be made for a card. No charge is made for the single issue within any twelve-month period of a card valid for up to seven consecutive days.

Photo ID & current proof of home address

 

Study school students Reading access only, including Special Collections materials. An administrative charge of £25 for 12 months will be made for a card.

The study school co-ordinator must contact us on registration@lib.cam.ac.uk to arrange access. 

Reader Registration opening hours

Monday-Thursday

9:00-17:00

Friday

9:00-16:45 (Reader Registration may occasionally need to close 12:45-1400.  Please call ahead to check opening hours.)

Saturday

9:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00

(NOTE: Readers are advised to call ahead to book an appointment before arriving. More information can be found at: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/using-library/joining-library)

Contact us

Tel:
+44 (0) 1223 333030