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We expect our blend of online, zero-contact and in-person COVID-secure library services to continue through the national lockdown, with minor local adjustments where operationally essential.

Cambridge University Library


Our services at a glance   

Coronavirus means this academic year will be unlike any other, and our libraries have adapted in response. We have designed a blend of online and controlled in-person services across Cambridge University Libraries, giving you the access you need to resources and support while keeping you and library staff safe.   

Libraries will continue to offer a blend of services once Michaelmas Term ends on 04 December 2020, subject to government restrictions. Local adjustments to library service levels, including any closure dates, will be communicated on the relevant library websites and publicised in advance for library users.

Are you new to the University Library? Check what you need to do in order to access library services on our library membership pages.


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.   
  • Use the zero-contact library services where you can, like Click & Collect and Scan & Deliver, to minimise coming into the libraries. To allow our staff to manage the high demand for material throughout the term, please order only what you need and ensure that your orders are collected on time.    
  • Use the booking services to schedule your use of study space. Our limited study spaces are COVID-secure and are in high demand; please be considerate and only book a time when you are sure you can come to the library.  
  • You will be required to wear a face covering in the libraries, unless you have an exemption.  
  • You will be 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.   


Are you a current student or member of staff? Book a video or voice call with one of our experienced Reader Services team members and we can help you get the most out of these services - whether you need help finding your books or help with a literature search.

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.     

You can  read more about how we intend to manage our services  across Cambridge University Libraries  in response to changing levels of UK Government restrictions in response to Covid-19  in  a message from the University Librarian and Director of Library Services, Jessica Gardner