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Cambridge University Library


Our services  at a glance   

Get the access you need to resources and support, wherever you are working or studying.

If you are visiting our libraries in person, please read our current guidance on Staying safe ahead of your trip. 

You no longer need to book an advance appointment to consult Special Collections. The Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Rooms and the Map Room are once more open on a drop-in basis.


New to the University Library?

Check what you need to do in order to access library services on our library membership pages.

Library users other than current University of Cambridge staff and students   

We are proud to have a large active community of readers who rely on the University Libraries, from writers to independent scholars. All registered library users can Visit the University Library to consult material and study, and to borrow if your membership permits this.

If you aren’t able to visit the Library in person, you can continue to access the Cambridge Digital Library and Apollo, the University's Repository for research outputs from the University. You can also use the Virtual Reading Room for Special Collections enquiries, and many of our LibGuides. In addition, alumni of the University can access a suite of eresources.

We know you will understand that it has been necessary to make changes to our services at short notice in response to restrictions required by the UK Government and the University of Cambridge.  Any changes we make to library services are be announced here and through our Twitter account, @theUL.