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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 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. 

It may be necessary for our libraries to adjust or pause services at short notice if we have COVID-related staff absences. Before you travel, please check ahead that the services you intend to use are available. 

Find your library

Discover Cambridge libraries through The Libraries Directory, which will link you to current information about services and support on the website of the library you want to use.

We also recommend that you follow the Twitter accounts of the libraries you use, including @theUL, for the latest updates.

Where is is safe and possible to do so, your Faculty and Departmental Libraries offer in-person services so you 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. Subject-specialist staff can answer your information skills questions via email, and in many cases via live chat and video-chat. 

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


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, and don't miss these core services that are available remotely: 

  • Our LibGuides provide a wealth of information on resources by discipline and topic.
  • Training in library study skills for your subject is available online, along with research skills support.