Access online and zero-contact services across our libraries. Limited in-person services are available at the UL and in some Faculty and Department libraries. Visit Using the Library for information on services and support to help you study, teach and research.
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Using the Library
Coronavirus means this academic year is unlike any other, and our libraries continue to adapt in response.
A blend of online, zero-contact and limited in-person services is available to you across Cambridge University Libraries, giving you the access you need to resources and support wherever you are working or studying.
We want to keep you and our staff safe, and to ensure that we can keep services running effectively: we are keeping the services and the support we offer under constant review. Read more about our roadmap for recovery from Lockdown 3 here
Discover online resources, services and support, including tips and techniques on how to study effectively, wherever you are working.
Access the physical collections remotely or onsite.
All registered library users can book to browse, borrow & read, and to consult Special Collections.
Current staff and students at the University can book to study, or to consult non-borrowable modern material in the University Library.
Find subject-specialist support, collections and study space in other Cambridge University Libraries
Library service updates
What we ask of you to help keep our library users and staff safe
- Book visits to the libraries thoughtfully - make sure you can attend before you make your reservation, and arrive prepared.
- Our Click & Collect services require a large number of staff and lots of time to run. By using Browse, Borrow & Read where you can, you enable the libraries to provide more services to more people.
- To allow our staff to manage the high demand for material through the zero-contact services like Scan & Deliver and Click & Collect, please order only what you need and, where applicable, ensure that your orders are collected on time.
- You are required to wear a face covering in the libraries, unless you have an exemption.
- You are required to observe social distancing and to respect the changed layout and one-way routes in libraries.
- Follow #StaySafeCambridge rules: wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly, including before, during and after your library visit.
- Be kind and courteous to each other and Library staff and follow the safety protocols in place. Everyone is doing their best during a difficult time.
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Library users other than current University of Cambridge staff and students
We are proud to have a large active community of readers who rely on the University Libraries, from writers to independent scholars. All registered library users can book to consult Special Collections
We know how frustrating it is for our many readers who are not yet able to access the full range of library services – we plan to phase back in wider access by the end of June, subject to levels of student demand. We trust everyone will understand why our priority at this point is to consolidate and maximise resilience for services for current staff and students of the University.
We know you will understand that we may have to make changes to our services at short notice in response to restrictions required by the UK Government and the University of Cambridge. Any changes we make to library services will be announced here and through our Twitter account, @theUL.
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