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If an online application is not appropriate for you, printed application forms are available on request from the Reader Services Desk. Please contact us for details.

University Staff are validated via central payroll.

If you are not paid directly by the University (for example College staff, or an externally funded post) or you are an official visitor at the University of Cambridge, or are a member of an institution affiliated to the University of Cambridge, please bring the below form with you on your first visit. It should be completed in full by your line manager or librarian. You can download the application form here:

If you are the parent/guardian of a child aged 16 or 17, you can download the permission to join form here: