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We know all our readers are very keen to get back to the libraries, and we are continually reviewing our in-person services in line with guidance from the UK government and the University. The safety of library users and staff is a priority in the decisions we take.

It may be necessary for our libraries to adjust or pause services at short notice if we have COVID-related staff absences. Before you travel, please check ahead that the services you intend to use are available. 

The UK government has emphasised the ongoing need for personal responsibility in the management of COVID-19 infection. The University of Cambridge seeks to follow this government advice while continuing to recommend caution and considerate behaviour to reduce the risk of further disruption and illness. Full details are available in the Vice-Chancellor’s statement.

In the interest of minimising the risk of local transmission, and out of consideration for others, the University strongly encourages the following behaviour if you plan to use our libraries:

  • take a test if you have symptoms of possible COVID-19, including minor symptoms.
  • if you receive a positive test result, follow advice on self-isolation.
  • you are encouraged to use face coverings in public University spaces unless exempt.

In order to maintain resilient services throughout the pandemic, it has been necessary at times to limit the availability of some services. Please explore our full range of online, zero-contact and in-person services - we have created a blend of services to enable you to continue to access our collections, wherever you are.

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