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Overdue items
It is your responsibility to manage your Library borrowing and return your items on time. Failure to return items on time means other Library users are delayed in accessing items that they may urgently need.

We help you by sending you an email to let you know if any of your items are due to be returned. You are required to ensure that we have your up-to-date email address and that your email client's spam filter will allow the email to be received.


Late returns of overdue items and overdue recalled items will be fined £1 per day for those of Camb.MA and Visitor Borrowing status. If a fine amounts to £20 or over, it is important to pay the fine or speak to staff, as entry to the Library will be restricted.

Lost books
If you have lost an item which you have borrowed from the Library’s collections the loss must be reported as soon as possible to the staff at the Reader Services Desk in the Entrance Hall (tel. 01223 333030) or by email to

Lost items can be a serious inconvenience to the academic community and it is imperative that they are replaced promptly.

Library staff will investigate a suitable replacement for the lost item and contact you once this has been found. Please note that there will also be an administrative fee. The lost item will need to be replaced before you can use the Library again. You can pay online.

If posting a cheque to cover the replacement cost, please make it payable to "The University of Cambridge". Please send the cheque to: Reader Registration, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR. Please include your name, address and Library barcode (the alpha-numeric code on the University/Library card that begins with a “V”) with your cheque.

Stolen books
Stolen books should be reported to

If a police report or crime number is submitted, the Library will waive the administrative fee for replacing the book. The replacement cost of the book will still need to be paid.