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Welcome to the Library’s Reader Registration webpages. Here, you will find information about access to Cambridge University Library as well as contact details if you need to find out more.  


Please note that Registration will be closed between January 2nd - January 20th 2018. The Library will be undergoing an essential system upgrade that will mean that our registration database is unavailable. During this time, only temporary reading access cardboard cards may be issued.  ID will still be required (see  
We would strongly encourage you to visit us in December 2017 or after January 20th 2018, particularly if you wish to obtain a more permanent pass for the Library or to extend your borrowing rights. 


The following categories of readers can access or apply for access (for full details of entitlements and documents needed on application, please refer to Eligibility for access to the University Library).Please note that researchers wishing to access the University Library must be aged 18 years or over

  • All members of the University of Cambridge are welcome to use the Library.  Please note that you may need to bring some supporting documentation. See ‘Eligibility’ for full details.
  • Academic staff, research students and taught postgraduate students from other universities can apply to use the Library for reference.
  • Undergraduate students from other UK universities can apply to use the Library for reference outside University of Cambridge full terms.
  • Private and business researchers may apply to use the Library for reference if their research requires access to materials held at the University Library.

Temporary tickets valid for 1 week within any twelve-month period are free of charge. An £8.00 administration charge for 1 month,  £15.00 for 6 months or £28.00 for 12 months applies to applicants from non-UK universities and the public. 

Applicants wishing to renew their access to the Library will also need to complete an application form, and present documentation, as detailed in Eligibility for access.

Reader Registration opening hours




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


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:

Contact us

+44 (0) 1223 333030