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Cambridge University Library is now open for ‘zero contact’ services from Monday-Friday. Please read more about our phased reopening of the UL and Faculty and Departmental Libraries.

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Welcome to the Library’s Reader Registration webpages. Here, you will find information about access to Cambridge University Library as well as contact details if you need to find out more.  

Please note that the policy on allowing children and young people into the Library has been suspended until further notice.


The following categories of readers can access or apply for access (for full details of entitlements and documents needed on application, please refer to Eligibility for access to the University Library). Please note that researchers wishing to access the University Library must normally be aged 18 years or over.  Young people aged 16 and 17 are also admitted and must bring a signed permission form from their parent or guardian.  The University Library reserves the right to withdraw this privilege at any time or to impose restrictions during certain periods.

  • All members of the University of Cambridge are welcome to use the Library.  Please note that you may need to bring some supporting documentation. See ‘Eligibility’ for full details.
  • Academic staff, research students and taught postgraduate students from other universities can apply to use the Library for reference.
  • Undergraduate students from other UK universities can apply to use the Library for reference outside University of Cambridge full terms.
  • Private and business researchers may apply to use the Library for reference if their research requires access to materials held at the University Library.

Temporary tickets valid for 1 week within any twelve-month period are free of charge. An £8.00 administration charge for 1 month,  £15.00 for 6 months or £28.00 for 12 months applies to applicants from non-UK universities and the public. 

Applicants wishing to renew their access to the Library will also need to complete an application form, and present documentation, as detailed in Eligibility for access.

Reader Registration opening hours




9:00-16:45 (Reader Registration may occasionally need to close 12:45-1400.  Please call ahead to check opening hours.)


9:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00

(NOTE: Readers are advised to call ahead to book an appointment before arriving. More information can be found at:

Contact us

+44 (0) 1223 333030