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The University Library Tea Room is situated in the North Wing. 

We know the UL Tea Room is an important place to meet friends and take a break from your work.

We’re really sorry that we aren’t able to provide catering in the Tea Room at the moment. The pandemic put great pressure on the hospitality sector, and the UL is currently without a catering contractor. 

We received a fantastic response to our invitation to tender to provide a catering service in the Tea Room, and we had secured a new supplier for the start of Michaelmas Term 2022. Regrettably the supplier withdrew from the contract in September, and we are now working hard to appoint an alternative. This is disappointing news for our library users and staff alike, but we hope that the work done so far on creating a robust tender process as well as on improving the facilities will help us to keep further delays to a minimum. We will keep you updated on this page and via Twitter when we have more news to share.

In the meantime, you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks to the Tea Room, to use the vending machine to get cold drinks and snacks, and to continue to use the space to socialise or work. Capacity is currently reduced to allow social distancing.

You are welcome to have lidded drinks at desks around the library, and bottled water only in the Main Reading Room. Food can be consumed only in the Tea Room and in the Library Courtyards; please make sure that food and drinks are covered to prevent spillages if you are carrying them through the library to these areas. No food or drinks (including bottled water) can be taken into the Special Collections Reading Room.  

Where to buy food nearby

VG Coffee is available outside the UL for drinks and cakes Monday-Friday. 

Cambridge FoodPark is at the University Library 12pm to 2pm on Fridays. Check the FoodPark website to find out which truck is visiting, place your order and pay.

You can buy refreshments at the University Cafés, and the Cafés at Newnham, Robinson and Selwyn Colleges are again open to those outside the Colleges. Please be aware that services at these venues may alter as staff availability changes.

If you fancy a lunchtime walk, the city centre is no more than 15 minutes away on foot.  

Thank you for your patience.