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College library opening hours

24h a day during full term
6.30 am – midnight outside of full term (except over a short Christmas period)

While monopolising desks is discouraged, leaving your things over lunch / for a supervision is not generally a problem. The library takes no responsibility for your belongings, though.*

Finding, borrowing and suggesting books

Library catalogue: http://www.heritage.magd.cam.ac.uk/

Catalogue for all Cambridge libraries: http://search.lib.cam.ac.uk/

Postgraduates on taught courses are welcome to suggest books, simply email library AT magd.cam.ac.uk

The Loan period is 7 days but items can be renewed up to 10 times. The library asks that you properly sign out any books for loan.

Book scanner

Need to generate high resolution pdf files of rare books, archival material, notebooks, etc? Find a book scanner available at the College Library! Further questions? Email library AT magd.cam.ac.uk or mcr.academic AT magd.cam.ac.uk

Supporting the Libraries

Buying on Amazon? Consider following this link and a referral fee will go to Magdalene’s Libraries with no additional cost to you.

Other college libraries

Besides the college library, Magdalene also has the Pepys Library and the Old Library, both of which are well worth a visit. Beyond the usual opening hours special open evenings for (postgraduate) students are advertised at various times throughout the year.

*Most laptops fit a Kensington Lock. Although not entirely unbreakable, they certainly act as a deterrent.


Tom Sykes (Deputy Librarian)
library AT magd.cam.ac.uk

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