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The University Library lends different numbers of books to different categories of reader. Items may be renewed three times, either online or in person.

Some categories of reader may use the Library for reference only and may not borrow books.

Category Borrowing rights
Cambridge MAs (not working for University of Cambridge) 20 books for 8 weeks
College Assistants 20 books for 8 weeks or Reading access only
Fellows of Colleges; College Teaching Officers 20 books for 8 weeks
Former Post-Doc Reading access only
Graduate Students (University of Cambridge) 20 books for 8 weeks
Non-Resident BA (incl. Cert & Diploma holders) Reading access only
Ordinands at Cambridge Theological Colleges 10 books for 2 weeks
Undergraduates (University of Cambridge) 10 books for 2 weeks
University of Cambridge Visiting Scholars and Visiting Fellows 20 books for 8 weeks
University Staff (Officers, Research and Assistant staff) 20 books for 8 weeks
Academic staff from non-UK universities Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Academic staff from UK universities Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Postgraduates (taught) from non-UK universities Not normally admitted. Admitted only if requested by formal letter from university tutor
Postgraduates (taught) from UK universities Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Research students from non-UK universities Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Research students from UK universities Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Undergraduates from non-UK Universities Not normally admitted
Undergraduates from UK & Irish universities (SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme) Vacation reading only. Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Business / Commercial Researcher Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Current Friends members and new members joining in 2016 Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Private Researcher Reading access only, including Special Collections materials
Study school students Reading access only, including Special Collections materials.