|Subject arrangement in the library||Suggest a book or DVD for the Library|
|Journals and journal articles||Other libraries in Cambridge|
The Library contains approximately 35,000 books and 300 DVDs in its working collection and approximately 4,000 books in its rare and special collections.
All items are described on iDiscover. Please ask Library staff if you would like any help.
The undergraduate library is arranged according to Dewey Decimal Classification. Books are classed by a sequence of numbers according to their main subject and sub-division of that subject, followed by the first three letters of the author’s name. The list below shows the Library location for each subject.
DVDs are shelved outside the office.
All members of College may borrow up to 20 items at a time.
You borrow and return items using the self-issue machine near the entrance to the Library.
|African History||960-969||First floor|
|American, Canadian & Latin American History||970-980||First floor|
|American Literature||814-819||Ground floor|
|Art & Architecture||700-730||Ground floor|
|Australasian History||993-996||First floor|
|British History||941||Landing/First floor|
|Computer science||000-009||Ground floor, immediately left at foot of stairs|
|DVDs||Ground floor display shelf|
|English Literature||820-829||Ground floor|
|European History, general||940||Landing|
|Far Eastern History||953-958||First floor|
|German literature||830-839||Ground floor|
|Greek literature (classical)||880-889||Ground floor|
|Latin literature||870-879||Ground floor|
|Languages and linguistics||400-499||Extension|
|Medieval and modern literature||830-899||Ground floor|
|Natural Sciences||500-599||Ground floor|
|Reference||Ref 001-999||Ground floor centre aisle (O Ref = Old Library)|
|Theology & Religion||200-299||Extension|
|Veterinary Science||636||Ground floor|
Check the catalogue to see if it is lent. If so, contact the Office and we will contact the current borrower to see if it can be shared or returned.
“Returned”. Is it on a trolley waiting to be shelved?
What is the location? Books with the locations “Extension stack” or “Old library stack” won’t be on the shelves as they are held in store. Just ask a member of staff or email us and you will be able to consult the book in the library.
Is the book missing? If so, let us know you need a copy and we will see if we can find another copy for you.
Use iDiscover to search for electronic journal information. You can search this to locate specific references or to find the subscription journal articles available on a particular topic.
If there is no electronic journal coverage for a journal or article you’d like to consult, use iDiscover to find the print journal.
The Library holds more than 4,000 rare and special books on a variety of subjects but especially in Theology and Archaeology. Virtually all rare books have been catalogued and can be searched for on iDiscover. The books in our special collection of 19th century church and missionary history have short records only.
Can’t find what you want? We welcome suggestions from Selwyn fellows and students for purchases for the library. Just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the online form. Please remember that it may take up to 3-4 weeks for books to be delivered and processed but we will keep you informed of progress.
You are welcome to consult our Library Collection Development Policy
Other libraries in Cambridge
There is plenty of information about other Cambridge libraries at the Cambridge Libraries homepage. Details and contacts for all the libraries associated with the University are to be found in the Cambridge Libraries Directory (Map).
Students should contact the Librarian in the first instance if they wish to use another library. Most will be willing to allow members of other colleges or faculties to consult works under supervision.
Cambridge University Library
The University Library provides access to a vast array of resources. It is a legal deposit library, meaning that it is entitled to claim a copy of every publication in printed form published in the UK and Ireland. It also holds extensive collections of overseas books, journals, maps, photographs and music and has extensive special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other materials. It also subscribes, and provides access, to a vast array of electronic resources for all members of the University, although users may need a Raven password to access these, particularly if they are connecting from machines outside of Cambridge.