Newnham College Library is one of the best-stocked undergraduate college libraries in Cambridge, with a collection of some 100,000 volumes, including approximately 6,000 rare books. The collection is kept as relevant, up-to-date and useful as possible by the annual purchase of more than 1,000 new titles to support undergraduate study in all subjects.

The library is divided into two sections, the original Victorian Yates Thompson library designed by Basil Champneys and the award-winning Horner Markwick extension.


The Virtual Library

Our virtual library helpdesk is open to all members of Newnham. Library staff are available to help members of College with all enquiries 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm…

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Visiting the library

Newnham College Library is open for members of Newnham College only.  We remain closed to visitors from outside the College. 

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Finding resources for study

Here are some pointers to useful resources within Newnham College Library and across the University. Our Library Guide contains more information about Newnham College Library facilities and finding books in the library.…

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Study skills

This page provides links to helpful resources from libraries and faculties, and top tips from students.

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The Disability Resource Centre has introduced a 2020-21 virtual transition event to welcome students and introduce the different services on offer at the University. Our Accessibility Guide is designed to introduce…

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Libraries across Cambridge

There are over 100 libraries to explore in Cambridge.

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History of the library

A dedicated library building was first built at Newnham in 1897. It has developed since then and was greatly expanded with a new building in 2004.

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Special Collections

We hold thousands of unique books, manuscripts, artifacts, and letters ranging from the 1400s to the 1900s. Special collections can be invaluable primary sources for research. Some are listed below,…

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