Amanda Hawkes, Assistant Librarian, answers some questions about the Lucy Cav library… 

What libraries are available to LCC students? You have several options as a Lucy Cavendish student.  The Lucy Cavendish Library houses  resources for each subject – we aim to have  core texts from departmental reading lists for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses – and students should also sign up to their faculty and departmental libraries where specialist resources are available. In addition, the University Library (UL) is open to all students.

What are the opening hours at the Lucy Cavendish library?  The Lucy Cavendish Library is open all year 24/7, except for the Christmas week.

Who is available to help me in the Lucy Cavendish library?  You will be offered a library induction session when you join us and, during term time, we also have a ‘help desk’ from 2-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays  in the library foyer. We have an open door policy and Library staff are usually available from 9:00 to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Either drop in  and see us, or contact us by email ( or phone (01223 332183 or 766984).

What resources are available through the Lucy Cavendish library?  The library houses 30,000 books and a number of print journals and magazines, DVDs and anatomical models, as well as several special collections. Increasingly, books and journals are also available in electronic format and can be downloaded directly from the library catalogue.

How do I search the library catalogue?  iDiscover is the university-wide library catalogue.  You will be able to log in using your Raven credentials, and can then search across all the Cambridge libraries, or can filter your search by department or college library.

How long is the loan period at the Lucy Cavendish Library  Usually, if you borrow a book, you can keep it until the end of term. If another reader requests a book which you have on loan, and where an alternative copy is not available, we will contact you and request its return, usually within three days. Books can be returned at any time via the box located in the library foyer.

Is the Lucy Cavendish Library for quiet study only?  Not at all!  We do have plenty of quiet study space but we also love you to come in just to say hello. Our foyer is a social space where you can meet friends, eat a snack, or just chat over a jigsaw or some colouring! At 3pm on Tuesdays and for ‘Elevenses’ on Thursdays all members of College are invited for a free hot drink and biscuits, which is a great way to meet other students and some staff too. On the Library’s lower ground floor you can find the Library Lounge where you can take a break and perhaps watch a film via our Amazon Prime subscription, or you can book our group study room to work with friends and colleagues.  Last but certainly not least is the very top floor of the Library where we have another social space – the Kwi Ok Yeu Room– where you can relax with a friend or enjoy a book from the Scribbling Women Collection, our informal fiction collection.

[September 2018]