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Access to University Library Special Collections and the phased reopening of the UL building

Published on 05/08/2020 

It is now possible for University of Cambridge staff and students to access some Special Collections and non-borrowable material at the UL through three new services.

Book a Visit - the Main Reading Room and Rare Books Reading Room are reopening for current staff and students at the University. Order items from Special Collections or our Reference collections in advance, and then arrange an appointment to come into the building to consult them. Spaces are limited.

Special Collections Scan & Deliver - current staff and students may order free PDFs of UL Special Collections items for personal research use if the material is suitable for scanning and the volume of the request is reasonable. Orders may also be placed for items including maps, sheet music, microfilms, theses and items in the Asian & Near and Middle Eastern collections.

Ask a curator - anyone with an enquiry about UL Special Collections items can engage the help of our expert curators who are returning to work in the University Library building as part of a carefully controlled plan to re-launch physical library services in line with University coronavirus safety protocols. Curators are able to discuss questions over the phone or via a video call, and may be able to check material on behalf of readers in order to answer specific questions.

Full details about these services are available on the University Library website, where you will also find information on the phased reopening of the UL and Faculty and Departmental Libraries along with frequently answered questions on reopening.

Don’t forget that you can already access borrowable material from the modern collections through the Click & Collect and Scan & Deliver services.

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