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Pembroke College Library A-Z Guide

Library Rules

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Opening Hours: every day 8.00 am - Midnight 

(except times specified by the Librarian, for example at Christmas, New Year and over Easter)

Librarian: Ms Genny Grim

Assistant Librarian: Ms Natalie Kent

Graduate Trainee Librarian: Ms Sophie Harding

Email: Telephone: 01223 (3)38121

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Accessions and Book Recommendations

The Library is constantly acquiring new publications. If you would like to request that the Library purchase a particular book, please use our online request form.

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. Please assemble on the Library Lawn and wait for further instruction. Do not re-enter the Library until you have been told it is safe to do so.

Searching for Books

In the Catalogue Hall outside the Library office there is a computer terminal dedicated to accessing iDiscover, our online catalogue. Please ask for help if you need it. There are also three additional networked terminals, one on the ground floor, one in the Law Library, and one in the Upper Reading Room, which may also be used to access iDiscover.

Borrowing and Returns

To borrow materials from the Library you will need your University card. All books, DVDs, and CDs 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

Borrowing is available to all members of the College. The self-service machine is just outside the Library Office. If you are having any difficulties with the self-service machine, please ask a member of Library staff. Up to ten items from Pembroke College Library may be borrowed at any one time. You may borrow items for the duration of one term or one holiday period. Books must be returned at the end of each loan period, but may be borrowed again immediately after.

Late returns incur a fine of 25p per item per day. Books should be returned on the self-service machine and then placed on the Returned Books shelves or on the nearby green trolley. The removal of any item 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 item will be imposed.

Recalling Books

If you would like to borrow an item that is out on loan, you may recall it via iDiscover. Once you have found the item you are looking for, click through to the item page, click on "Request options", and follow the on-screen instructions to recall the book. After the book has been returned to the Library, you will receive an email to your University account. You may collect the book from the Library office on the ground floor; books on hold will be kept for you for four days before being returned to the open shelves.

Please be considerate of your fellow students and return recalled books promptly.

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 a member of Library staff. 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 T basement or email Someone from the IT Department will be able to assist you during office hours.

Taylor Law Library

Pembroke is fortunate to have a very fine Law Library, on the mezzanine level. It contains law reports, all the major UK law journals, and up-to-date textbooks on all the subjects that Law students might study at Cambridge. The Taylor Law Library also has a ‘Personal Development Section’ made up of books on philosophy, morality, economics and thinking skills – books that are not about law, but important for the development of a Law student’s general skills.

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A IS FOR Access . The Library is for resident members of the College only. If you wish to show...
iDiscover is a search interface that draws together resources across all Cambridge Libraries, including books, ebooks, journal articles and more...
Library Rules The Library rules are in place to ensure that all readers can enjoy a safe, quiet, and comfortable...