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Haddon Library

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You need a current University Library (UL) or Cambridge University card to borrow books from the Haddon Library. Library staff may issue a temporary card if a UL or Cambridge University card is not available.

You may borrow books for the following time periods:

  Undergraduate Students Graduate Students Staff
Open Shelf 10 books for 1 week (loans automatically renew each month) 20 books for 2 weeks (loans automatically renew each month) 20 books for 4 weeks (loans automatically renew each month)
Restricted Access 6 books overnight (till close of business on day following loan) 8 books overnight (till close of business on day following loan) 10 books for a week

Please note that for students, borrowing periods are rolling, meaning that they automatically renew on the system until you graduate. If, however, you receive an email stating that the books you have on loan have been requested by another user, then you must return the texts by the date given in the message. If you need longer than the allotted time period, please get in touch with us.


For most users, fines are not charged for overdue books from the open shelves, though fines might accrue for short-loan items. There are no charges for any overdue item for students with a relevant SSD from the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre (ADRC). 

Readers who lose or damage Library books will be required to pay the cost of replacing them, as ascertained by Library staff, plus a processing fee of £5.

Fine, should they accrue, may be paid via iDiscover, by logging into your library account.

Special categories of material

Restricted Access. This term refers to the heavily-used material behind the issue desk. You may borrow them at any time.

Fiction Collection. This is a collection of borrowable fiction books located in the main Reading Room. You are welcome to borrow these books.

Reference. This category of material has yellow labels. You may borrow it on the same terms as material on Restricted Access.

Periodicals. You may only use periodicals/journals in the library.

Pamphlets. These are kept in locked filing cabinets and may be fetched by staff on request. You may only use pamphlets in the library.

Locked areas. This term covers the following parts of the Library:

  • East and West Balconies
  • Locked Rooms
  • Rare Books Room
  • Mezzanine Corridor
  • Mezzanine Office
  • CAS Room

We are happy to fetch materials from these areas for you, as only library staff may enter these areas for safety and security reasons. You are free to use these materials in the library only (i.e., you may not borrow them).

You may consult dissertations and theses in the library. Loans of the other special categories of material may be made to members of Cambridge University staff and will, unless conservation matters render this inadvisable, be on the following terms:

  • The borrower may remove the issued item from the Library at any time.
  • The borrower should return the issued item to the Library within one calendar week.

Loans of these special material categories may be made to the Museum, in connection with exhibitions.