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Selwyn Library


We will be updating the library webpages over the summer with information about resources and services in the new Bartlam Library. For current information on accessing library resources and services, please see our online guide.

Please note that the current library will be closing from midnight on 4 July so that we can move the books to the new library. Please borrow anything you need for the vacation before this date, as the books and other items will then be unavailable until 2 August.

Selwyn Library is open for bookable study spaces, borrowing and returning items, collecting requested items, and accessing the printer/copier. It is open from 9am to midnight each day, and will be open until the end of 4 July. The Bartlam Library is open for bookable study spaces until the end of 9 July, and open for general use (and the Gala Weekend) until the end of 11 July. It will reopen after the book move on 2 August (subject to any necessary delays).

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 .

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What to do if the book you want is out on loan
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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)