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Cambridge University Library is open for limited services from Monday-Friday. Online registration is now available. Book a visit to view material in the Main reading room or a Special Collections reading room. Please read more about our phased reopening of the UL and Faculty and Departmental Libraries.

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Please note that access to the Library is currently suspended. You can find more information here:


When the Library reopens, the information in the panel on the left of this page will guide you through useful information about the Library before you visit and while you are here.

To enter the main part of the Library you will need to have either a Cambridge University card or a Cambridge University Library card. Visitors to the Library without a card are most welcome to look at our current exhibition, when it reopens;

Joining the Library. This section provides details about card access to Cambridge University Library as well as contact details if you need to find out more. It also includes details on the categories of readers who can access or apply for access and an eligibility table, when the Registration Office is open and how to contact them. 

Frequently asked questions contains a list of detailed information with a range of queries you may have before or during your visits to the Library.

Library floorplan allows you to find your way to all open areas, the reading rooms and tea room in the building.

IT facilities section lists details of our IT facilities and an application form which you can use to apply to use IT facilities.

Tea Room details of the UL Tea Room.

Readers with disabilities are encouraged to read the information provided here. You will find details on parking at the Library as well as getting around in the building and what services we offer.

Opening hours are provided here.

Contact location and map