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Cambridge University Libraries are gradually reopening. Access support and services to help you learn, teach and research.

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We are very happy to offer in-person services at the University Library for users who need to come into the building to access our non-borrowable collections. 

To help us keep you safe, and to ensure we follow government and University guidelines, you need to book your visit in advance.

Under UK Government restrictions we are able to provide a blend of online and controlled physical library services. We encourage you to use the online and remote services as a first-resort wherever this is possible.  

Book a Visit - request that specific non-borrowable items are fetched, and then arrange an appointment to come into either the Main Reading Room or Rare Books Reading Room to consult them.

Book a study space - this is not yet available but we hope to be able to offer it soon in the University Library. Study spaces are available in various faculty and departmental libraries.


Government guidelines state that face coverings should be worn in libraries and public reading rooms. We therefore ask readers visiting Cambridge University Libraries to wear a face covering in all areas of our libraries to keep everyone safe. We are highly sensitive and supportive to those staff and readers who are exempt from the expectation. Please visit the University’s Coronavirus Information pages for a helpful list of medical exemptions.