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During Lockdown 3, our libraries continue to support you as you study, teach and research. Access the libraries online and seek support via our remote services or, if the material you need isn’t available electronically, use our Zero-contact services

Cambridge University Library


Cambridge University Libraries are committed to providing equal access to their services and facilities for all users. It is best to contact the library that you are intending to visit directly to discover what support is on offer. They will be able to provide full advice on how that specific library can assist.

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) webpages provides further support and guidance for students of the University of Cambridge.


The below services are availble at the University Library.

University Library

To contribute towards providing an equitable service for all users, the University Library can offer support in the following ways:

Proxy Borrowing

If you would like to have someone else borrow books on your behalf, please contact

Items that are usually not borrowable

Parts of the Library’s non-special collection material is not borrowable. Wherever it is possible, the Library will issue items that are usually not borrowable to disabled users who have borrowing rights. This includes material held away from the Library building at the Library Storage Facility (LSF). Please contact for advice on whether a non-borrowable item may be borrowed.

Click and Collect

If you would like to borrow books, please use the click and collect service. You may request up to five items at a time.  

One-to-one library training

We can provide you with bespoke training, covering any points that you would like training in via an online call. You can find more information here:

Alternative formats

Accessible alternative formats of digital documents can be made here:

If you require a print resource in an alternative format, please contact The University Library makes use of the RNIB Bookshare scheme and may be able to obtain a digital copy of a resource on your behalf. We require as much advance notice as possible; turnaround times can vary depending on the publisher and can be as little as 24 hours or up to 10 weeks.

Further assistance

You can find other ways that the University Library supports disabled users on these pages. If you have any questions, please contact and we will do our best to help.

The University Library is not currently able to deliver resources through the post, but you are most welcome to set up a proxy borrowing arrangement to allow someone to collect books on your behalf. 



Contact us

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 333030