Note: from Monday 4th April 2016 until the end of July the main library rooms will be closed due to replacement of the Observatory building heating system. A restricted library service will operate from the Library Office and the Hoyle Building Library Area.
The Institute of Astronomy library is located in the old Observatory building off the Madingley Road. We serve all members of staff in the Institute, as well as other members of the University. However, those without an Institute key are advised to make an appointment with the Departmental Librarian, in order to avoid days when the Library is locked.
The library holds an extensive collection of astronomical books as well as a smaller range of books on related subjects such as physics, mathematics and computing. This is complemented by nearly 250 journal titles as well as an extensive range of observatory publications. Special collections include, rare books, historical photographs and prints, slides, videos and CD-ROMs.
For more details about the library and its use, please see the Library Guide.
The Library uses the Dewhirst classification system.
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Mark David Hurn, B.A. (Hons.), M.C.L.I.P., M.A., F.R.A.S.
Address: Institute of Astronomy Library,
Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA.
Contact form: Library Office
Telephone: (01223) 337537