Who can borrow?
All members of the English Faculty, all students taking papers in the English Tripos, and all research students of the English Faculty, may register to borrow books.
Other members of the University may register to borrow but under more restricted circumstances, and should contact the Librarian or Assistant Librarian for further details.
Registration takes place at the following times: Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm
No registrations will take place during the evenings or on Saturdays. You will need to bring your University Card and register at the Issue Desk on your first visit to the Library.
Borrowing and Returning Books
Members of the English Faculty may borrow up to eight books (ten in vacation) and members of other Arts and Humanities Libraries may borrow up to four books at one time.
- Open Shelf items may be borrowed for one week during Full Term, but renewed online twice, and for the full vacation period. Short Loan items (including CDs and DVDs) are borrowable for two days at a time. Short Loan books are allowed out for the full summer vac only. Reference items may not be borrowed.
- All books must be returned to the Issue Desk to be cancelled. Please wait while this is being done. Please do not return English Faculty Library books to other libraries.
- You will need your University Card to borrow books using the Self-Issue machine.
- When the Library is closed, you may return books through the Returns Box outside the Library. Please note that fines will still be charged on these items if they are overdue.
- Books used in the Library should be left on the tables to be cleared by library staff. If you wish to set aside books for consultation in the Library, please place a dated, signed slip in the books so that they are not re-shelved. This excludes reference material and periodicals.
Books may be renewed twice online or in person at the Issue Desk with the book and the University Card.
Renewals cannot take place if fines are owed, or if the book has already been reserved by another reader. No renewals may be made by telephone or e-mail.
Books already on loan may be reserved by other readers online via Newton or in person at the Issue Desk if you do not have online access.
Suggestions for Books
Suggestions for purchase of books that are relevant to your course of study at the English Faculty may be made by email, completing the online book suggestion form or by filling in a Book Suggestions form at the Issue Desk. All reasonable requests are considered.
Fines are strictly imposed on all borrowers, students and Senior Faculty alike, at the rate of 25 pence a day for each book overdue. The fine for Short Loan items and DVDs is 50 pence per item overdue. Readers with outstanding fines may not borrow or renew books until they have been paid. Fines may be paid online or in person at the Issue Desk.
Readers who lose library material will be required to pay the replacement fee of £30 per item lost. Payment may be made by cash or cheque or through the online payment link. Cheques should be made payable to the University of Cambridge. Please note that cheques are non-refundable.