skip to content

Cambridge University Library


Our services  at a glance   

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

Our libraries continue to adapt in response to the circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic. We want to keep you and our staff safe, and to ensure that we can keep services running effectively: we are keeping the services and the support we offer under constant review, with guidance from the University of Cambridge.

It may be necessary for our libraries to adjust or pause services at short notice if we have COVID-related staff absences. Before you travel, please check ahead that the services you intend to use are available. 


You will need to make an appointment in advance of your visit if you plan to consult Special Collections.

What we ask of you to help keep our library users and staff safe 

  • To allow our staff to manage the demand for material through the zero-contact services like Scan & Deliver and Click & Collect, please order only what you need and, where applicable, ensure that your orders are collected on time.      
  • In agreement with local public health authorities, the University continues to recommend the use of face-coverings by students, staff and visitors (unless exempt) in University teaching settings and communal University areas as a precautionary measure. It is particularly important that you continue to wear a face-covering in library spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Thank you for helping to reduce the risk of further disruption and illness.
  • The University recommends that you observe social distancing and respect the changed layouts in libraries.  
  • Follow #StaySafeCambridge  rules: wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly, including before, during and after your library visit.   
  • Be kind and courteous to each other and Library staff and respect the recommended safety protocols. Everyone is doing their best during a difficult time.   

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 we may have 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  will be announced here  and through our Twitter account, @theUL.