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Cambridge University Library


Registrations and renewals are currently only available to those who are using one of the Library's in-person services

Current students of University of Cambridge:

All new students at Cambridge are automatically registered at the University Library. Your blue University card can be used to access the library and borrow books.

Current University of Cambridge staff and visitors:

All members of the University of Cambridge are welcome to use the Library; you may 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 here.

Alumni and other Library users:

Register or renew your University Library membership   


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

If you are unable to submit your registration online or have further queries about your membership, contact us by email on or call 01223 333030. We have a limited number of in-person registration appointments available to book Monday - Friday at 14:30.