Library information for students

Click here  for: Pembroke College Library A-Z Guide

Watch this short video on how to use the Library borrowing system:

Click here for the Library Rules

Click here for a film introducing Freshers to Cambridge Libraries

Opening Hours

Full term: every day 8.00am – midnight
Vacation: every day 8.00am -midnight
(except times specified by the Librarian, for example at Christmas, New Year and over Easter)

Summer opening hours for International Programmes’ students: every day 8:00am to midnight

There will be no rare book and archive appointments available  in the week around Christmas 2017.  The Library closes at 5pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 and re-opens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Librarian: Mrs Patricia Aske, MA, Dip Lib
Assistant Librarian: Natalie Kent, MA
Graduate Trainee Librarian: Emma Shapiro
Telephone: 01223 338121

Accessions and Book Recommendations

The Library is constantly acquiring new publications. Click here to request that the Library purchase a particular book.

Entry to the Library

The Library has an electronic lock which is operated by your University card. Please take care of your card; it is also used for purchasing meals and for entry to the JP and Computer Room.

Fire Safety

If the alarm sounds you MUST leave the building immediately.

Searching for books

In the Catalogue Hall outside the Library office there is a computer terminal (OPAC) which is dedicated to accessing iDiscover and Newton, our online catalogues. Please ask for help if you need it.  There are two further terminals on the Ground Floor with internet access to be used for short periods only.

Library Plan

If you Borrowing

To borrow books you will need your University card. All books in the Library may be borrowed except:

1. Those marked ‘Not to be taken out’ or ‘Reference Collection’.

2. Periodicals (bound volumes or individual issues)

3. Reference books shelved in the Upper Reading Room

Loans and returns

Borrowing is restricted to members of the College. The self-check circulation computer is just outside the Library Office. Up to ten books (this includes DVDs) may be borrowed at any one time, for a period of term, and for the duration of a vacation. Late returns incur a fine of 20p per book per day. Books should be returned on the computer and then placed in the Book Returns box near the borrowing computer or, if they are heavy books, placed on the green trolley. The removal of any book or DVD from the Library without recording the loan is an offence against the College rules and a grave injustice to other users. A fine of £20 per book or DVD will be imposed.

Reserving Books

Books may not be left on tables but they may be reserved overnight on the ‘Reserved Book’ shelves provided in each Reading Room. Please put a reservation slip on top with your name and the day’s date. If the date is unaltered for three consecutive days the books will go back into circulation and the papers removed.

Scanning Facilities

Copyright law must be observed. If in doubt please ask the Librarian.  There is a Book2Net Scanner, a green alternative to photocopying, in the Library which is free.  Scans can be saved as pdf documents on to your USB stick.   It’s simple to use but please ask for help if you are unsure.

Computers & Photocopying

Please use the Computer Room for IT facilities.  There is also a printer/scanner/photocopier there for your use.  If you have a problem with any of the College computers please see a member of the IT department in U10 or, if you have access to another computer, email Someone from the IT Department will be able to assist you during office hours.


The College Library is for the use of resident members of the College only.  If you wish to show friends and families the Library please check with the Library staff first.