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 currently offering limited opening 6.30am – 11.45pm daily (including weekends) for those members of Newnham College who have already registered to use the College Library (email for more information before you visit). 

If you are a new Newnham student, we will email you a College Library induction pack shortly after 21st September. Please complete your induction before coming to the Library!  

We’ve been working to make the Library safe, open, and welcoming. This video will give you a glimpse of the new study space.

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. 

Here’s where we are with our phased opening… 

Phase 2: Phase 2 has begun and we are now open to College members 6:30am – 11:45pm daily. Entry is strictly limited to members of Newnham College only.

Phase 3: Newnham College Library expects to enter phase 3 of re-opening on or shortly after 6th October 2020, when we plan to extend our opening hours to 6:30am – 1:45am daily (our normal Full Term hours). Entry is strictly limited to members of Newnham College only and our book to study system will begin from this date. It is planned to have the Barbara White Room available with 8 desks as additional study space for members of College (from 10am – 10pm daily) from Tuesday 13th October. We plan to launch our Click and Collect service in this phase. More information will be emailed to College members when we are ready to move to phase 3.


COVID Safe Rules & FAQs

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