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Cambridge University Library


Registrations and renewals are available to those who would like to visit the University Library in person. For access to other libraries in Cambridge, please contact them directly. Please note a UL reader’s card does not grant access to college libraries.

Current University of Cambridge students:

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.

Full time undergraduates at the University of Cambridge are eligible to join the SCONUL access scheme.

Current University of Cambridge staff:

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, contact us by email on or call 01223 333030.

Alumni and other Library users:

Register or renew your University Library membership   


When your card has been processed, you will be contacted by email with confirmation. This is usually within 3 working days.

We are currently receiving a high volume of registration requests. We will try to process your application by the date of your next visit, but please accept our apologies for the delay and do not visit before you receive email confirmation. For full details of entitlements and documents needed on application, please refer to Eligibility for access to the University Library.

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. You are welcome to register in person, by appointment.