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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 throughout Lockdown 3, and to 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 planned 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 services, it is really important that you check the website of the library you want to use for the most current information.     

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. 

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, your Faculty and Departmental Libraries offer zero-contact and (in limited and controlled circumstances) in-person services so that those still 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. 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 the Twitter accounts of the libraries you use, including @theUL.

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.

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. 


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 Library is not available at the moment. Please keep checking the website for any changes.

If the book or article you need is not available in electronic format via iDiscover and FAMES Library holds a print copy, please use the FAMES Scan and Deliver service.

For print material available at the University Library please use their Scan and Deliver Request Form.

Astronomy Library News

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

The library is currently open only to those with out-of-hours access. 

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)

The Faculty building is currently closed, so please use remote and zero-contact services.


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

Email the Library Team 

  • Online inductions and research skills sessions (arranged through the Faculty)

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

  • Essential Texts Click & Collect - 09.00-17.00, Monday to Friday
  • 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

    Open 24/7
  • LibChat (live chat with librarians) for PGCE trainees - embedded on Course Moodle sites, Monday-Friday 


Engineering Library LibGuide

Email a librarian

Librarian Live Chat

Information skills training

In-person 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

The Haddon Library is currently closed to students, staff and visitors. However, you can book an appointment to borrow or return books from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, Monday to 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

  • Click & Collect Collection 10:00-11:00 and15:00-16:00 Monday-Friday.   

Moore Library

Online Learning Hub

Physical Sciences Research Support Resources


  • Book returns Readers returning books should expect a slight delay in returns being cleared from your accounts as staff will only be emptying the drop box twice a week. We will continue to waive all fines for any late returns.
  • Click & Collect 11:00-13:00 Monday and Thursday
  • Scan & Deliver. This service is provided through the main UL. See here for further details. Requests will be processed on Monday and Thursday.
  • Book a Seat 10:00–12:00 and 13:00–16:00 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 

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

Online and remote services are currently open.

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 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

In-person access to the Polar Library is not currently available; library staff will continue to answer remote research enquiries as best they can.

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

Electronic resources for History

Email the library team

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 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday


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)   

Follow the link for the service you want to use to find more detailed information, or find a full schedule here.

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 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