University Library

University Library

  • UL books on shelves by Sir Cam

Image by Sir Cam

All alumni are able to access the main University Library for free.

Visiting and borrowing

To find out more about using the UL and the application process for getting your reader’s card, please visit the University Library website. (The reader’s card is different to your CAMCard.)

The UL online

In partnership with the UL we also offer all alumni online access to selected journals through JSTOR. Information about JSTOR and the collections it encompasses can be found on our journals and online resources webpage.

There are a number of other ways to explore the treasures of the UL online; Cambridge Digital Library hosts archives, manuscripts and rare books from the UL’s Special Collections that can be browsed from anywhere in the world.

Visit the exhibitions virtually at - why not try Literature of the Liberation, or The moving word: French medieval manuscripts in Cambridge?

Celebrating 600 years of the University Library in 2016

Delve into the University Library's incredible role in the evolution of human thought by visiting this extraordinary exhibition celebrating its 600th anniversary.

Featuring some of Cambridge’s most iconic and best-known treasures and spanning more than 4,000 years of human thought, Lines of Thought investigates through six distinct themes how both Cambridge and its collections have changed the world.

Explore some of the works that will be on display through the Lines of Thought virtual preview.

For six centuries, the collections of Cambridge University Library have challenged and changed the world around us. Across science, literature and the arts, the millions of books, manuscripts and digital archives we hold have altered the very fabric of our understanding.

Anne Jarvis, University Librarian