skip to content

Access online and zero-contact services across our libraries. Limited in-person services are available at the UL and in some Faculty and Department libraries. Visit Using the Library for information on services and support to help you study, teach and research.

Cambridge University Library


Our services  at a glance   

Our libraries continue to adapt in response to the circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic.

A blend of online, zero-contact and bookable in-person services is available to you across Cambridge University Libraries, giving you the access you need to resources and support wherever you are working or studying.

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.  


In most cases you will need to make an appointment in advance of your visit.

Read more about services in our libraries in summer 2021 here.

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

  • Book visits to the libraries thoughtfully - make sure you can attend before you make your reservation, and arrive prepared.
  • Our Click & Collect services require a large number of staff and lots of time to run. By using Browse, Borrow & Read where you can, you enable the libraries to provide more services to more people.
  • To allow our staff to manage the high 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.      
  • You are required to wear a face covering in the libraries, unless you have an exemption.  
  • You are required to observe social distancing and to respect the changed layout and  one-way  routes 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 follow the safety protocols in place. 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 book to use our in-person services to consult material, to study, or to browse, borrow and read.

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 Ask a Curator service 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.