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Cambridge University Library

 

The University Library lends different numbers of books to different categories of reader.

Items borrowed by current University staff and students auto renew and will not be requested over the Easter and Christmas vacation. Items may be requested over the summer vacation.

Items borrowed by Cambridge MAs, Visiting Scholars, Ordinands, ICE undergraduate and postgraduate students may be renewed three times, either online or in person. Items may be requested over all vacations.

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 (three times renewal, online or in person)

25p for overdue items, 50p for overdue requested items. 
Items requested for return to be brought back within 7 days.

Fellows of Colleges; College Teaching Officers

20 books for 4 weeks (automatic renewals until end of UL registration)

£1 fine for overdue requested items (per day).
Items requested for return to be brought back within 3 days.
Items are held for 2 days.

Former Post-Doc Reading access only
Graduate Students (University of Cambridge)

20 books for 4 weeks (automatic renewals until end of UL registration)

£1 fine for overdue requested items (per day).
Items requested for return to be brought back within 3 days.
Items are held for 2 days.

Non-Resident BA (incl. Cert & Diploma holders) Reading access only
Ordinands at Cambridge Theological Colleges

10 books for 2 weeks (three times renewal, online or in person)

25p for overdue items, 50p for overdue requested items. 
Items requested for return to be brought back within 7 days.

Undergraduates (University of Cambridge)

10 books for 1 week (automatic renewals until end of UL registration)

£1 fine for overdue requested items (per day).
Items requested for return to be brought back within 3 days.
Items are held for 2 days.

University of Cambridge Visiting Scholars and Visiting Fellows

20 books for 8 weeks (three times renewal, online or in person)

25p for overdue items, 50p for overdue requested items. 
Items requested for return to be brought back within 7 days.

University Staff (Officers, Research and Assistant staff)

20 books for 4 weeks (automatic renewals until end of UL registration)

£1 fine for overdue requested items (per day).
Items requested for return to be brought back within 3 days.
Items are held for 2 days.

Institute of Continuing Education - Postgraduate 

20 books for 8 weeks (three times renewal, online or in person)

 25p for overdue items, 50p for overdue requested items. 
Items requested for return to be brought back within 7 days.

Institute of Continuing Education - Undergraduate         

10 books for 2 weeks (three times renewal, online or in person) 

 25p for overdue items, 50p for overdue requested items. 
Items requested for return to be brought back within 7 days.

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.
Anglia Ruskin Students Reading access only, including Special Collections materials.
Postgraduates (taught) from non-UK universities Reading access only. Admitted if requested by formal letter from university tutor or if applying under the Private Researcher status.
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 (Cambridge term time) Reading access only, including Special Collections materials.
Undergraduates from UK & Irish universities (SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme) Vacation reading acess only. Reading access only, including Special Collections materials.
Business / Commercial Researcher 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.