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Cambridge University Library


The following categories of user can apply for free access to the University Library:

For private researchers, the following options are available:

  • One week temporary card (free of charge, once in a twelve month period)
  • One month (£5)
  • Six months (£15)
  • One year (£30)
  • Three years (£90)

Please note that researchers wishing to access the University Library must normally be aged 16 years or over. Those aged 16 and 17 must include a signed permission form from their parent or guardian.

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Please allow at least one full working day for applications to be processed. Cards can be collected 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4:45pm Saturday.  The Library is closed on Sundays.
A library card does not permit remote access to electronic resources. Remote access to electronic resources requires a Raven account. Raven accounts are issued via departments, to current members of the University and affiliated institutions only.
If you are a current member of the University, renew your blue University card by contacting your College/Department Card Representative. To enquire about your library account, email us on:
(if applicable)
If so, you may be prompted to upload supporting documentation on the next page.
Due to the period of closure during the national Lockdowns, when renewing we will extend all cards that expired from March 2020 onwards for one year, free of charge.