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Cambridge University Libraries are gradually reopening. Access support and services to help you learn, teach and research.

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Discover Cambridge University Libraries online and in person  

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

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 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. 

To help keep you, other library users and libraries staff safe, please use these online services as a first resort wherever it is possible. 

Zero-contact and in-person services

Where is is safe and possible to do so, the University Library and your Faculty and Departmental Libraries offer zero-contact and in-person services so that you can book to 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. Where possible, the libraries listed below are participating in the Scan & Deliver service.  

We have summarised the services available - we know you will understand that we may have to make changes to our services at short notice, and recommend that you familiarise yourself with the websites of the libraries you use most often to stay up-to-date. You may also want to follow @CamLibsUpdates and @theUL on Twitter.

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

Services, booking procedures, opening hours and contact details differ between libraries. If you have any questions about these services, you can contact staff in a particular library by email or, in some cases, by live chat. For detailed information, 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

African Studies

African Studies Library LibGuide

Architecture & History of Art

Architecture & History of Art Library LibGuide

Open to staff and students with a booking

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Library website

Open to staff and student members of the Faculty 10:00-17:00 Monday-Friday


Astronomy Library News

The Library Office is open 12.30-16.30 on Thursday for enquiries and assistance. All readers should enquire on before visiting. 


Email your librarian

Biochemistry LibGuide

Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology

Email your library team  

This collection can be accessed through Moore Library services


Chemistry Library Remote Service Guide

Chemistry Library LibGuide

Open for undergraduate supervisions 15:00-20:00 Monday-Friday and all day on Saturdays. Undergraduates can Browse & Borrow when in the library for supervisions.

Open for other members of the Department 08:00-23:00 Monday-Saturday, excluding times when supervisions are taking place.


Classics LibGuide

Email a Librarian

Open to registered readers 

  • Book Returns
  • Browse and borrow 10:00-18:00 Monday-Friday, 13:00-16:00 Saturday (if there are 15 people using this service you will be asked to wait.)  
  • Book a study seat 10:00-13:00, 13:00-16:00, 16:00-18:00, Monday to Friday; 13:00-16:00 Saturday. Extended booked access is available for keyholders.

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

Open to those with a booking


Theology and Religious Studies LibGuide

Email a librarian

Open to those with a booking 10:00-12:30, 14:00-16:00 Monday-Friday


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

  • Book returns (to the UL and dropboxes)

  • Online inductions and research skills sessions, bookable virtual 1-2-1 appointments (arranged through the Faculty)

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

  • Book returns (to the Education Faculty Library) 

  • Online Education Library – An ebook library curated by subject and reflecting the needs of Faculty teaching programmes

  • LibChat (live chat with librarians) for PGCE trainees - embedded on Course Moodle sites, Monday- Friday


Engineering Library LibGuide

Email a librarian

LibChat (live chat with librarians)

Open to students and staff in the Department with a booking:


English Library LibGuide

Open to those with a booking 10:00-16:00


Genetics LibGuide



Guide to accessing online services remotely

Geography LibGuide

Haddon Library (Archaeology & Anthropology)

Haddon Library (Archaeology and Anthropology) website

Open 10:00-16:00 Monday-Friday

Marshall Library (Economics)

Email the library team 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday

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

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

Open to those with a booking

  • Click & Collect Collection 15:00-15:30 Monday-Friday.  Requested items will be available to collect from the entrance to the Raised Faculty Building opposite Lady Mitchell Hall. 
  • Browse and borrow 10:00-13:00, Monday to Friday
  • Book a space exclusively for film viewing, 14:00-16:30, Monday to Friday

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

Open to those with an appointment

  • Book Returns
  • Browse and borrow 30 minute appointments 10:00-13:00 Monday-Friday
  • Access E-Legal Deposit 30 minute appointments 10:00-13:00 Monday-Friday 
  • Click & Collect Collection 15:00-16:00 Monday-Friday.  Requested items will be available to collect from the ground floor store at the entrance to the Raised Faculty Building. 

Plant Sciences

Plant Sciences LibGuide


Psychology LibGuide

Email the library team

Rayleigh Library (Physics)

Email your librarian

Physics LibGuide

From Wednesday 21 October

Scott Polar Research Institute Library

Remote access resources at the Polar Library

Open to members of the Institute with a booking 

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

Electronic resources for History

Email the library team

Open to members of the University with a booking 10:00-18:00 Monday-Friday, 11:00-16:30 Saturday

South Asian Studies

South Asian Studies Library website

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 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday

Email the library team


Open to those with a booking 09:00-17:50 Monday-Friday, 09:00-11:50 Saturday

  • Click & Collect 

  • Book a visit to access a study space, browse the print collections or use the IT facilities. 09:00-13:00, 13:45-17:45 Monday-Friday; 09:00-11:45 Saturdays

University Library

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

Guide to Online Library Services 

Open to those with a booking

Coming soon

  • Book a study seat 

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine LibGuide

Open to students and staff in the Department.

Whipple Library

Whipple Library website

Open to readers with a registered University card or University Library card, 09:30-16:50, Monday-Friday 


Zoology LibGuide

Email the library team

You can read more about how we intend to manage our services across Cambridge University Libraries in line with 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