The Shakeshaft Library remains open for quiet study for undergraduate students in residence on the Island Site, and postgraduate students who lack another space to carry out their research.
Your College Library is a place, a collection, and a service. Our job is to get you what you need to read, and provide you with a place to work in peace and comfort. The library is staffed by a team of four dedicated librarians and archivists, and we aim to run the best library in Cambridge. Let us know what you need, and we’ll try to provide it.
The Shakeshaft Library is open 22 hours a day, 7 days a week. Library & Archive staff are based there, and can be found in the office between 9 and 5, Monday to Friday.
Until summer 2022, our other Library, the Sherlock, will be closed because of the Central Spaces construction project. We’ve moved many of its books to the Shakeshaft for the duration of the closure; the rest can be fetched for you.
We work closely with our academic colleagues on the Fellowship, and with Faculty and Departmental Librarians, to make sure the books you need are on the shelves and, where possible, also accessible as ebooks. We aim, with a few exceptions, to stock everything on Part 1 reading lists, often in multiple copies for larger subjects. We stock, in a more limited way, books for Parts 2 and 3, and taught MPhils.
The Library is open to everyone in our community – undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, administrative and operational staff. Cambridge is rich in libraries, but we hope you’ll think of the College Library as your home library, and the first place you'll want to go to for your reading and research needs.
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