Libraries across Cambridge

There are over 100 libraries to explore in Cambridge.

Most students will belong to at least three libraries during their time at the University: their college library, their departmental library, and the University Library (the UL).

College libraries have general and diverse collections, catering mainly to undergraduate reading lists across all the Tripos papers. They are often the most convenient, closest to home, with the longest opening hours, and designed to serve members of their own college.

Faculty and departmental libraries are more subject specialist and are dedicated to serving their own faculty or department. Cambridge Libguides provides an introduction to various departmental and faculty libraries and their resources. You can find the latest information about Faculty and Departmental library services here.

The University Library is a copyright library, which means that it receives a copy of every book published in the UK as a legal deposit, either in print or digitally. Visit Cambridge Libraries Gateway for links to everything you need to know about Cambridge libraries and e-resources across the University. You can find more information about study skills, resources, and databases available across the University through Cambridge Libguides. You can find the latest information about using the University Library here.

This video introduces libraries around the University to new students, and this video provides an introduction to Arts and Humanities libraries. The UL provides information for readers with disabilities online, and offers a range of assistive technologies.