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Selwyn Library


Selwyn's Bartlam Library is a space and a resource for all members of college. It contains about 35000 books and around 100 seats or study spaces and is open 7am to 2am during term and 7am to midnight during the vacation. Below you will find information about using the library and finding and borrowing books and other library resources. You are welcome to contact library staff with any queries you may have.

Selwyn's Old Library contains the college's archives, rare books, and special collections. Please contact the Archivist with any archival queries and library staff if you wish to consult a book in the Old Library collection.

Library staff work in the library and from home. If you have an enquiry, please email and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

If you are new to Selwyn, have a look at our guide to getting started using Selwyn Library. You may also find the library essentials guide from Cambridge University Libraries useful as an introduction to Cambridge library spaces, services, and systems.

Use iDiscover to search for books, ebooks, journals, journal articles, DVDs, and other items in Cambridge libraries
View loans, requests, and more in your library account
Suggest a book or DVD for Selwyn Library, your subject library, or the University Library to buy

You can also use our Bartlam Library form if you only want us to see your recommendation
IT information about printing setup and costs
How and where to find the resources you need for your studies
Find information on using the library and its facilities
Disability support available in Selwyn Library and other Cambridge libraries
Book one of the two study rooms on the second floor of the library
Opening hours
Term: 07:00-02:00

Vacation: 07:00-midnight

Open to all members of Selwyn

Visitors by appointment
Up to 20 items

Undergraduates: 1 week
Graduates, Fellows, staff: 4 weeks

All items will automatically renew unless requested by another library user

Full borrowing information here
Contact us
Email the Library

Phone: +44 (0)1223 335880

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Find out more about the College Archives

Email the Archivist

Please note that all book donations are accepted subject to the library’s collection development policy
College Librarian:
Sonya Adams

Assistant Librarian:
Michael Wilson (p/t)

Library Assistant:
Katie Turner (p/t)

College Archivist:
Elizabeth Stratton (p/t)
Image of the Bartlam Library and Ann's Court with the building reflected in a puddle (by and copyright Sir Cam)
Image of front door to Bartlam Library, with name plaque and some named bricks (by and copyright Sir Cam)
Image of Donald Welbourn Reading Room on the second floor of the Bartlam Library (by and copyright Sir Cam)
Image of the Bartlam Library exterior and Ann's Court under a cloudy sky (by and copyright Sir Cam)

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