University of Cambridge

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Tel: 01223 333 000

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Photo of Cambridge University Library by Yakinodi,
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About the library

Cambridge University Library is the largest library in the University. It is a legal deposit library which means it is entitled to claim a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland. It holds over 7 million items which are housed in the University Library and its four dependent libraries:

  • Betty and Gordon Moore Library for the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Technology
  • Central Science Library for the Biological, Chemical, Earth and Environmental sciences
  • Medical Library
  • Squire Law Library

Copac also contains records for a number of special collections held in Cambridge colleges and departments, and Russian and East European Studies records from the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI).

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Interlibrary loans: SL

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc. as well giving you local location details.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the University of Cambridge's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


University of Cambridge data on Copac

Example record from the University of Cambridge collections:

The Thames uncas'd: or, The watermans song upon the thaw : To the tune of Hey boys up go we.
  Published: London : printed for the author, and sold by J. Norris at the Kings-Arms without Temple-bar 1684

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.