Lucy Cavendish College Library was opened by HM Queen Margarethe II of Denmark in 2000.  It is one of the most modern libraries in Cambridge, providing both individual study spaces and shared desks in three spacious reading rooms and  a group study room.  The Library also offers a hot drinks machine and a number of informal and comfortable spaces for working or relaxing with other Members of College over refreshments.  

Library access

The Library is open to all current Lucy Cavendish College students and other Members of College.  Members of other University of Cambridge colleges and external researchers may make an appointment with the Librarian to consult material at Lucy Cavendish College Library.  For further details please read our Access Policy.

Students also have access to Faculty / Departmental libraries and the University Library.  Details of other University of Cambridge libraries can be found in the Cambridge Libraries Directory.

Opening hours

The Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except for approximately one week at Christmas.

Contact us

During term, Library Staff are usually available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday to deal with enquiries either in person, by email ( or by phone (01223 332183 or 766984).

Disabled access and facilities

There is wheelchair access to the ground floor of the College Library and a lift* to the basement, first and second floors.  Accessible toilets are also available on the ground and second floors. 

We are happy to assist with searching and retrieving books but please contact us ahead of your visit.

Members of College with any special requirements for accessing and using the Library should consult the Librarian.

Library collections and catalogue

We hold approximately 30,000 books and a number of print journals and magazines, DVDs and anatomical models.  Our collections are focussed on supporting undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses. We also hold some more specialised material for PhD students, as well as several special collections (Victorian children’s books, works on heraldry, oriental subjects and the History of Christendom).  Please see our Collection Development Policy for further details.  

Our collections can be searched using, iDiscover.

The sitting room at the top of the Library also houses the Scribbling Women Collection, an informal collection of works written in English by women from the eighteenth century to the present day.


Due to space limitations and limited staff time, offers of books will only be accepted if they meet the primary purpose of the College Library which is to support undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses.  Please see the final page of our Collection Development Policy for more information.

Anyone wishing to donate books to the College Library should contact the Librarian in the first instance.

IT facilities

Wifi is available throughout the Library along with printing, scanning and photocopying facilities.  Networked PCs and Apple Mac computers offering a range of software, teaching materials and networked storage space are also available in the Library foyer, ground floor reading room and basement.  Please see the IT Services page for further details.