The following may register to borrow:
All current members of the University, including staff, affiliated staff, undergraduates, graduate students and affiliated students may register to borrow.
New readers must register at the Library Desk between 9am and 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.
Academic Visitors to the Philosophy Faculty may also register to borrow. They need to be introduced by a Senior Member of the Faculty or by the Faculty Administrative Staff. All academic visitors need to be resident in Cambridge for at least a month to be able to register to borrow.
Academic visitors attached to a College or to another University department may register to borrow. They will need a letter of introduction from the department or the College that is hosting them.
The following may use the library for reference:
Throughout the year:
Graduate students from other UK universities on production of a Student Union Card or similar.
Cambridge alumni who are not attached to a Faculty or College in the University of Cambridge.
Undergraduates from other UK universities on production of a Students’ Union Card or similar.
Graduates and undergraduates from overseas universities. However only on presentation of a letter from their home university addressed to the Philosophy Faculty Librarian, justifying the need for using the Philosophy Library.
Others who have applied in writing to the Librarian may be allowed to register as a reader at her discretion.
We have a quiet reading room and a computer area with a multi-functional device for printing (including colour), copying and scanning.
Readers with disabilities
If you need step-free access, there is a lift to the library from the 3rd floor of the Faculty of Philosophy. You will need to use the main Faculty entrance to the Raised Faculty Building to access a lift from the ground floor. Please press the call button outside the library door for admittance.
Staff are happy to fetch books and assist as necessary, please let us know what you need. Scanning and photocopying services are available. There is a small computer area with height adjustable sit/stand desks. A large print keyboard is also available.
Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor of the Raised Faculty Building near the main entrance.