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Cambridge University Library is open for limited services from Monday-Friday. Online registration is now available. Book a visit to view material in the Main reading room or a Special Collections reading room. Please read more about our phased reopening of the UL and Faculty and Departmental Libraries.

Cambridge University Library


The West Room, located on the first floor, is reserved for readers of post-1899 unbound books and newspapers and post-1850 periodicals as well as certain other classes of modern though rare, fragile or valuable items.

The room contains:

  • Current issues of academic periodicals, arranged by subject, in pigeon-holes A-Z
  • The latter part of the main reference collection (class R850 - R952)
  • A selection of language dictionaries, an atlas and lost property (bay 30)
  • A small part of the Official Publication collection

Books and periodicals may not be removed from the West Room without permission.


Opening hours

Monday - Friday : 09.00-19.00 (21.45 in the Easter Full Term)
Saturday : 09.00-16.45

Contact us

Reference Department (West Room) 
Cambridge University Library
West Road 

+44 (0) 1223 333121