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Cambridge University Library


The Reading Room, housing the Library's main reference collection and with 192 seats for readers, is located on the first floor of the University Library. It may be used by any reader who wishes to consult reference works housed in the room (classmarks R100-R900 and Ref) or for general reading of books from any part of the open Library.

Staff at the main Reading Room desk will be pleased to assist you in using the Library and can provide expert advice on the reference collection.

The Reading Room also houses space to consult non-borrowable modern items from the collections. This material is orderable through iDiscover or through filling out a paper form. The material will be delivered to the Modern Collections Desk, where it can be collected and read within a designated space in the Reading Room. The paper order forms are available from both desks in the Reading Room. Due to the fragile nature of some of the items consulted in this room, food and drink are not permitted.



Opening hours

Monday - Friday : 9am to 7pm (9:45pm in the Easter Full Term)
Saturday : 9am to 4:45pm

Contact us

Reference Department (Reading Room) 
Cambridge University Library
West Road 

+44 (0) 1223 333035