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Cambridge University Library


Our services  at a glance   

Coronavirus means this academic year is unlike any other, and our libraries continue to adapt in response.

A blend of online, zero-contact and limited 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. Read more about our roadmap for recovery from Lockdown 3 here.



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

  • Use the online resources and remote services wherever possible to minimise physical visits to the libraries.   
  • 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.      
  • Book visits to the libraries thoughtfully - make sure you can attend before you make your reservation, and arrive prepared. 
  • 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 consult Special Collections

We know how frustrating it is for our many readers who are not yet able to access the full range of library services – we plan to phase back in wider access by the end of June, subject to levels of student demand. We trust everyone will understand why our priority at this point is to consolidate and maximise resilience for services for current staff and students of the University.

If you aren’t a current student or member of staff at the University of Cambridge, 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.