Visiting the library

The library serves members of Newnham College and the wider academic community.

Current members of College

The library is open for current members of Newnham College at the following times:

Full Term and Easter Vacation: 06:30 – 01:45
Christmas and Long Vacations: 06:30 – 23:45

After you have had your library induction tour, we’ll validate your University card so that you can access the library and borrow books.

The library is open 7 days a week except for a few days over the Christmas and New Year period when it closes completely. It is staffed from 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm Monday to Friday.

Guests of Newnham College members may only be admitted by arrangement with library staff, and during staff hours.

Our Library Guide is available with lots more information about using the College Library. Pick up a copy from the Library office or at the catalogue terminals.

Non-members of College

Non-members of Newnham College may apply to use the library for reference purposes from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 1pm, and 2pm and 5pm.

Please contact the Librarian, Ms Deborah Hodder, for further information and to make appointments.

Library Access

There is step-free access into the library, with one set of card-access hinged doors into the library lobby (to the library front desk, self-issue machines, and book return area) and another set of card-access hinged doors into the main library. A lift links all three floors of the Horner Markwick building. There are no automatic doors in the library and the hinged doors are quite heavy. Please ask if you require assistance moving around the library.

There are copies of our Accessibility Guide by the catalogue terminals in Horner Markwick library; you can download the PDF version here, and a plain text version here. You can download maps of the library separately too. All the information included in these guides also appears on this website.

Library Spaces

Horner Markwick Library

  • Unisex toilet on lower ground floor
  • Accessible toilet down the corridor in both directions, on the way to the buttery or in the Iris café
  • Height-adjustable chairs in the Horner Markwick Library and fully adjustable chairs in the IT suite
  • Group study room on First floor can be booked in advance (email the Librarian or talk to a member of staff). In this room, we can set up four PCs and a projector. There is also a flip chart and whiteboard available.
  • Level access to all floors via lift (however, please note that at present, only the ground floor of the library is accessible for wheelchair use)
  • The first floor and the basement are not currently wheelchair accessible; please ask a member of staff to fetch books
  • Media room can be booked in advance if you require a space to access audio recordings and assistive technologies
  • Some higher shelves may require the use of a kick stool. Please ask staff if you would like us to fetch any books

Yates Thompson Library

  • Access via Horner Markwick main entrance
  • Accessible toilet down the corridor in both directions, on the way to the buttery or in the Iris café
  • First floor not wheelchair accessible; please ask a member of staff to fetch books
  • Some higher shelves may require the use of a kick stool. Please ask staff if you would like us to fetch any books.

Additional services available

  • Extended borrowing rights: let us know if you need longer loan periods or a higher book limit and we’ll make the necessary adjustments. Automated book renewals mean that unless books have been requested for use by another reader, your loans will renew automatically.
  • 1:1 inductions: all students attend group induction tours in their first term. If you would rather book a 1:1 session, just let us know and we can arrange that for you.
  • Fetching books: if your physical or mental health makes it difficult to use part or all of the Library, we can fetch books for you.
  • Proxy borrowing: if you have been assigned a helper from the Disability Resource Centre (DRC), please let us know so that we can give them an induction tour and set up an account for them to borrow books on your behalf.
  • Please let us know if there are any library resources (posters, leaflets, etc.) that you would prefer in an alternative format

Please do not hesitate to contact the Librarian if there is anything else we can do to help you to work in the Library. You can always come and ask a member of staff at the front desk or knock on the Librarian’s door too.

You can also get in touch with the University’s Disability Resource Centre or Newnham’s Health Centre for more advice and support.