Visiting the library

Newnham College Library is open for members of Newnham College only. 

We remain closed to visitors from outside the College. 

Welcome (Back) to Newnham College Library 2020-2021

We are open 6.30am 1.45am daily (including weekends) for those members of Newnham College who have already registered to use the College Library. Please book a session to study or browse before you visit.

We’ve been working to make the Library safe, open, and welcoming. This video will give you a glimpse of the new study space. Our Click and Collect service is available for members of Newnham College. Just email library@newn.cam.ac.uk with details of up to 5 books you want to borrow and their classmarks. Allow at least one working day for us to process your request and, subject to availability, we’ll find the books, issue them to your account, and make an appointment for you to collect them. The Barbara White Room is available with 8 desks as additional study space for members of College (from 10am – 10pm daily).

Key safety points for re-opening Newnham College Library 

The Library is a silent study space. Always keep two metres distance between yourself and other Library users. Face coverings are worn at all times We encourage hand washing or sanitisation before and after entering the building, and before and after handling books and touching shared surfaces.  

With strict social distancing of two metres throughout the Library, we have 48 study desks and 5 IT suite desks. All areas of the College Library remain available for use, except for the Group Study Room, which is being used as storage space and the Media Room (additional staff space). Members of College may also use the Library to return books, browse and borrow, and access the printer/copier/scanner. Hand sanitiser and wipes for cleaning shared surfaces are provided. Building controls have been adjusted to maximise fresh air intake and minimise recirculated air. Three lavatories are available nearby, one in the lobby, and two along the corridor on the way to the Buttery. These are being cleaned regularly. 

COVID Safe Rules & FAQs

Library staff are here to help Newnham students wherever you may be: If you are unable to come into the Library, prefer not to, or would like to keep your…

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