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Cambridge University Library


If you do not have a current University of Cambridge card, you will need to show two forms of ID when you visit Reader Registration. Further details on who can use the Library are here:

Please note:

  • two forms of ID must be shown, one with a photograph and one with proof of permanent home address.  Single forms of ID that include both are not acceptable on their own.
  • all ID must be valid within six months.
  • some driving licences and national ID cards and most passports do not show an address.
  • it is your responsibility to provide official translations of documents written in non-Latin script.  Please contact the Reader Services Desk if you are unsure what is required.

Acceptable photographic ID (please read notes above):

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • National ID card
  • Student card showing expiry date
  • Staff card showing expiry date (i.e. NHS, University)
  • Police / Customs / Home Office Warrant Card
  • Forces ID card
  • Bus pass with photo
  • Previous UL card or photocard from another UK Legal Deposit Library (BL, National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, Bodleian Libraries, TCD)

Acceptable ID to show address (please read notes above):

  • Driving licence
  • Utility bill (Gas, Electricity, Telephone, Water)
  • Bank statement
  • Council Tax bill
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • HM Revenue and Customs statement
  • State Pension Book
  • Benefit / Family Credit Book
  • Passports (ONLY where the address has been officially printed by the issuing authority)
  • National ID card
  • Home Office Permit to Stay
  • University certificate for Hall of Residence (stamped and signed by institution)
  • TV licence
  • Firearms licence
  • Home insurance policy
  • Pay slip (where employer’s and employee’s addresses are stated)
  • Employment contract (where employer’s and employee’s addresses are stated)
  • Prescription issued by doctor
  • Polling card
  • Confirmation of listing on electoral roll

If you are 16 or 17 years old you will need to bring a signed permission form from your parent or guardian.