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Cambridge University Library


Our Registration office is closed for in-person appointments and all registrations, and enquiries about registration, will be completed remotely. Registrations and renewals are currently only available to those who have booked to use one of the Library's in-person services. You can contact us via

There are different ID requirements for registration, please check the list here.

Current University of Cambridge members:

All members of the University of Cambridge are welcome to use the Library; you will first need to book into one of the Library's in-person services. Please note that you may need to bring some supporting documentation on your first visit, see ‘Eligibility’ for full details. If you are unsure if your card is activated or have other enquiries about your Library membership, please email

Registration for visiting scholars at Cambridge University can be completed remotely. Please see our zero contact registration pages for more details.

Alumni and other Library users:

Remote renewals and new registrations are currently available for all users wishing to book to consult material in the reading rooms or use our Browse, Borrow & Read service. We regret that registrations and renewals are currently reserved for those wishing to use in-person services. If you would not like to book to visit the Library for now, please submit your application when we resume access to the full range of library services, which will be as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

For full details of entitlements and documents needed on application, please refer to Eligibility for access to the University Library.

In order to maintain resilient services that support current students and researchers at the University during this very restrictive time, it has been necessary to limit the availability of some services. We know how frustrating it is for our many readers who are not yet able to access the full range of library services. Find further details of our planning in our recovery roadmap

Whilst we normally welcome visitors accompanied by library members into the library, our current arrangements sadly don’t allow for this.