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Selwyn Library


For information on accessing library resources and services, please see our online guide.

Selwyn Library is open for bookable study spaces, borrowing and returning items, collecting requested items, and accessing the printer/copier. During Lent Term, the book fetching service will usually be available on Monday and Thursday mornings.

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

Check the University Library website for information on zero contact services and reading room bookings at the University Library and the current status of other Cambridge libraries.


Searching for books in Selwyn and other Cambridge libraries: use iDiscover

Use iDiscover to search for books, ebooks, journals, journal articles, DVDs, and other items in Cambridge libraries.

To search for items in Selwyn Library (or any individual library), you can select it from the drop-down list of libraries to the right of the search box on iDiscover. You can also search Selwyn Library items using this link .

Check your account
View loans, requests, and more in your library account
Request or share a book
What to do if the book you want is out on loan
Print, Copy, Scan
See options for printing and copying in College
Suggest a purchase
Suggest a book or DVD for the Library to buy
How and where to find the resources you need for your studies
Find information on borrowing from and using the Library
Library and academic skills help available in Selwyn Library and elsewhere in Cambridge
Find the academic material you need for every aspect of your studies

Opening Hours

Lent Term: 09:00-00:00
Vacation: 09:00-00.00
Open to all members of Selwyn
Visitors by appointment (currently unable to accommodate visitors)


Up to 20 items
Undergraduates: 1 week
Graduates and Fellows: 4 weeks
All items will automatically renew unless requested by another library user
Full borrowing information here

Library and Archives staff

College Librarian:
Sonya Adams
Assistant Librarian:
Michael Wilson (p/t)
Library Assistant:
Katie Turner (p/t)
College Archivist:
Elizabeth Stratton (p/t)