Institute of Astronomy

Returning your books

Published on 01/07/2020 

Borrowers of books from the IoA Library are recommended to hold onto them until our building is reopened. However, if you are leaving Cambridge, moving, or for some other reason need to return our books, you can make use of the services of other Cambridge libraries.

The University Library team will be happy to accept library books from all Cambridge libraries, and will distribute them to the home library as soon as it is safe and feasible to do so. Books you have returned may subsequently remain on your library account for some time after you have returned them.

Return books by post:

All library books can be returned by post to:

Cambridge University Library

West Road



Books will then be transferred to their home library. Please note that books may not be removed from your library account for some time.

Return books to drop boxes:

There are drop boxes on the Sidgwick site and the Medical Library which are open all the time, and a drop box at the University Library open Monday to Friday between 10.15 and 15.45. Books are collected daily by a University Library team and stored at the University Library until they can be transferred to their home library.

Return books to the University Library in person:

It is possible to return books to the University Library between 10.15am and 3.45pm, Monday to Friday. You may return books from any Cambridge library, and they will be transferred to their home library when it is feasible to do so.

Return books to your college:

You may be able to return any library books to your college. Books will be transferred to and sorted at the University Library, and then distributed to their home library.


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