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


Discover Cambridge University Libraries online and in person  

It is more important than ever that you have a variety of ways to access our libraries. The blend of online, zero-contact and limited in-person services provided by your Faculty and Department Libraries is designed to help you access what you need to study, learn and teach, whatever the changing circumstances created by the pandemic.

We want to keep you and our staff safe, and ensure that we can keep services running effectively. Along with the University, its faculties and its departments, we continue to appraise guidelines to determine the full position for our libraries. We're keeping the services and the support we offer under constant review. 


The table below contains an outline of services at Faculty and Department libraries: these services are likely to change at short notice.

If you intend to use services provided by Faculty and Department Libraries, it is really important that you check the website of the library you want to use for the most current information. 

We also recommend that you follow the Twitter accounts of the libraries you use, including @theUL, for up-to-date information about services.


Our libraries are all open online

We have vastly increased the availability of online resources - University members have access to a staggering 1.2 million e-books, 130,000 e-journal titles and 400 databases. In addition, the Cambridge Digital Library has more than 500,000 images of more than 35,000 objects from our world-class collections freely available to everyone.

Explore these resources and the support available to staff and students of the University in our Guide to Online Library Services

Your core library services are online so you can access them remotely: the table below links you to these library services specific to your subject area. 

  • Our LibGuides provide a wealth of information on resources by discipline and topic.
  • Subject-specialist staff can answer your information skills questions through live chats, email and video-chat. 
  • Training in library study skills for your subject is also available online, along with research skills support. 


Zero-contact and in-person services

Where is is safe and possible to do so, your Faculty and Departmental Libraries offer zero-contact and (in limited and controlled circumstances) in-person services so that those resident in Cambridge can access the physical collections. If you can't access the library premises in person, don't worry! Library staff are continuing to run alternative services to ensure that their disciplines are fully supported.   

Your College library will also support your studying and learning this year: discover how to access their services on your College website. 


Your library services

For detailed information about the services available today, please follow links in the table below to the website of the library you want to use.


Explore this library online

Zero-contact and in-person library services (please visit the website of the library you want to use to confirm which services are available today)

African Studies

African Studies Library LibGuide

Architecture & History of Art

Architecture & History of Art Library LibGuide

Email your library staff 

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Library website

Access to the Faculty building and the library is currently available to Faculty members via card access.

FAMES members wishing to use the library study space and the e-legal deposit terminal during opening hours  (10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Monday-Friday) will need to pre-book using the link sent out by the Librarian via email. There is no need to pre-book for book return and browsing.

Members of other faculties wishing to borrow or return books to FAMES Library should contact library staff


Readers not studying at the Institute of Astronomy should enquire on before visiting. 

The Library Office will be open every Thursday during Easter Term.


Email your librarian

Biochemistry LibGuide

Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology

Email your library team  

This collection can be accessed through Moore Library services


Welcome to 2020-2021

Chemistry Library Remote Service Guide

Chemistry Library LibGuide

Undergraduates can visit the library only if they are already in the Department building, either attending a supervision in the library, or working in a lab.

The library is open as a working space for members of the Department who are in the building for other purposes i.e. working on experiments: 08:00-23:00 Monday-Saturday, excluding times when supervisions are taking place.

Browse & Borrow service available when in the library


Classics LibGuide

Email a Librarian

Open 10-4 Monday to Friday (those with out-of-hours access may access between 07:00-19:00)

Computer Science & Technology


Email your library team  

Computer Science LibGuide

This collection can be accessed through Moore Library services

Criminology (Radzinowicz Library)

Criminology (Radzinowicz) Library website


Theology and Religious Studies LibGuide

Email a librarian (09:30-16:30 Mon-Fri)


Education Faculty Library Moodle site (accessible to members of the Faculty, including LibGuides covering literature searching, research methods and referencing) 

Email the Library Team 

The following services are accessible to members of the Faculty via the Library Moodle site:

  • Book a study space
  • Essential Texts Click & Collect 
  • Click & Connect - book a virtual 1:1 appointment with an Education Librarian
  • Book returns (to the Education Faculty Library Book Box)
  • Online Education Library – An ebook library curated by subject and reflecting the needs of Faculty teaching programmes 


Engineering Library LibGuide

Email a librarian

Librarian Live Chat

Information skills training

Live online training sessions

There are limited bookings available for staff and students of the department for zero contact services:


English Library LibGuide


Genetics LibGuide

Email your librarian



Guide to accessing online services remotely

Geography LibGuide

Haddon Library (Archaeology & Anthropology)

Haddon Library (Archaeology and Anthropology) website

Marshall Library (Economics)

Email the library team 

Marshall Library (Economics) website

Materials Science & Metallurgy

Email the librarian

Materials Science & Metallurgy LibGuide

Department of Materials Science Library Moodle site (accessible with a Raven password)

  • Borrow and return Books may be borrowed from MSM Library by emailing the Librarian . Books lent to you can be picked up from and returned to MSM Department Reception.  

Medical Library

Medical Library website

Email the library team

Open to registered readers 08:00-19:45 Monday-Friday, 09:00-16:45 Saturday. Library reception desk staffed 10:00-13:00 Monday-Friday and 13:00-16:00 Monday-Thursday. 

Modern & Medieval Languages and Linguistics (MMLL) 

Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (MMLL) Library website 

MMLL LibGuides and other resources

MMLL Library skills for effective study

Email the library team

Moore Library

Online Learning Hub

Physical Sciences Research Support Resources


MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit

Contact your librarian, Kevin Symonds

MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit website


Pendlebury Library of Music

Music LibGuide

Philosophy (Casimir Lewy) Library

Philosophy (Casimir Lewy) LibGuide

Email the library team

Physiology, Development and Neurosciences (PDN) Library

PDN LibGuide   

Email your librarian  

Plant Sciences

Plant Sciences LibGuide

Email your librarian


Psychology LibGuide

Email the library team

Rayleigh Library (Physics)

Email your librarian

Physics LibGuide

Whilst the Bragg building is closed, zero-contact services are suspended at this site. You may find services at the Moore Library useful.

Scott Polar Research Institute Library

Remote access resources at the Polar Library

Seeley Library (History, POLIS, Latin American Studies, Sociology and Land Economy)

Electronic resources for History

Email the library team

  • Click & Collect 

  • Book to visit the library This space is available to students from all disciplines. You will be able to make use of the study space, borrow material, and use the library’s computing facilities.

South Asian Studies

Electronic resources at the South Asian Studies Library

Archive film collection (freely accessible to view)

Oral History Collection (digitised audio recordings and transcripts)

Email your librarian

Email your archivist

SPS Library

Sociology and Land Economy collections can be accessed through Seeley Library services.


Squire Law Library

Squire Law Library website including live chat facility frequently available between 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday  

Email the library team 


University Library

Online inductions: book a call with Reader Services staff (for current staff and students)

Guide to Online Library Services  (including details of specialist helpdesks, training, eresources, ebooks, and LibGuides for information on subject and skills)   

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine LibGuide

Email the librarian

Open to veterinary students and members of the Department.

Whipple Library

Whipple Library website

The library is not currently open to readers, but is staffed 09:30-16:50, Monday-Friday, to provide zero-contact and online services. 


Zoology LibGuide

Email the library team

You can read more about our plans to recover our library services across Cambridge University Libraries in our Roadmap for Recovery