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UL Tours and orientation sessions

To help you find your way around the University Library, and make the most of its collections, introductory sessions and tours are scheduled throughout the year. View the timetable here.

Most sessions require you to book a place in advance. You may do this online via the timetable using your Raven password. 

Book a buddy

"Book a buddy" sessions are available to book throughout the week. These are one-to-one sessions with staff from the Reader Services team which can be tailored to your needs, whether it's help finding your books or help with a literature search. To book a session email and tell us what you need help with. We will be in touch with you shortly to arrange a session.

Study and Library Skills

A variety of Study and Library Skills courses are also available to book via the timetable. These are provided by the UL and affiliated Libraries.

CamGuides are available for undergraduate and master's students. CamGuides is designed to help students prepare for their studies in Cambridge, regardless of their subject or college. It focuses on some of the academic and information practices and skills that students commonly engage in, or require, for their degrees.


Bespoke UL tours for large groups

If you wish to arrange a tour for a group of your students, contact us at UL staff can run tours for your groups, co-lead tours with you or we offer train the trainer sessions to enable you to lead a tour of the building yourself. Contact us for more information.

Other Library and skills training

If your students require other library or skills training please contact us to find out if we can help. We are happy to collaborate with College, Department and Faculty Library staff. We can run sessions at the UL or, if you have a suitable room in your department or College, we can come to you.

Private Researchers

If you have a valid Library card you are welcome to sign up for any session held at the University Library. View the timetable here. To book a place, please email with the session name, preferred date and time and your contact information.

School Groups

We are only able to accommodate a limited number of school groups per year and do not take bookings directly. Organisers should instead contact schools liaison officers at one of the colleges to arrange a visit as part of a wider participation programme.

Commercial tours

Please be aware that we are not able to offer tours for commercial purposes.