The Pepys (Fellow) Librarian is Dr M E J Hughes, who succeeded Dr R Luckett in 2012 on his retirement from the post.
Dr Hughes, who lectures in the Faculty of English and is Director of English Studies at Magdalene, is a medievalist with an interest in manuscripts, early printed books and book-collecting.
The Deputy Librarian (Pepys and Special Collections) is Miss Catherine Sutherland. For appointments to visit, photographic services and general enquiries, please email: pepy...@magd.cam.ac.uk or telephone 01223 332115
Visitors to the Pepys Library
The Pepys Library is open to visitors during Full Term and for a period in the summer.
The College makes no charge for individual visitors. It is not necessary to book groups of up to 10, though if the Library is busy it might be necessary to wait a few minutes.
Since space in the Library is limited, parties of more than 10 (and any group wishing to book a tour) must contact us in advance to arrange a special opening (for which there is a small charge).
Schools and Colleges
The College is pleased to welcome visits by schools, which are often arranged outside public opening hours. Teachers are advised to contact us at an early stage with details of the ages of the party and to note that there are strict limits on the size of groups entering the Library itself. An education pack is available which can be used for follow-up work after the visit or as an activity for pupils waiting to enter the Library.
We are pleased to receive requests for information about the collection from researchers.
Readers wishing to visit us to use the resources of either the Pepys Library or the Old Library should contact the the Library in advance at pepy...@magd.cam.ac.uk. It is not possible to accommodate readers arriving without an appointment. Please note that it is not possible for researchers to browse the collection, so we can only assist readers who wish to consult specific items. Where an item is particularly fragile or unavailable for consultation we might be able to offer an alternative such as a digital image, microfilm or facsimile.
Futher information and online resources relating to the Pepys Library, Old Library and College Archives can be found here: Guide to Catalogues and Research Tools
Arrangements are normally made for readers to work 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm on weekdays, Monday-Friday, on dates when the Library is open. Readers are not accommodated on weekends. On their first visit, readers are requested to bring a letter of recommendation normally from an academic institution, and some (photographic) identification such as a passport or driver’s licence.
Please consult the Opening Hours page to check on which days the library is open.
Materials must be read within the Library itself. We have limited study space in the library rooms and prospective readers are asked to note that, regrettably, we cannot always accommodate all requests. Early booking, especially at busy times, is advised. Photography in the Library is not permitted even for private use: the Library offers a photographic service to readers. Pencil only may be used in the Library (laptops are permitted).
Reproduction Fees and Photographic Images
The Library has a substantial collection of images, which can be purchased for private use. Photography Order Form
If the image is to be used for publication, for exhibition or for any form of reproduction including electronic, there is usually a reproduction fee in addition, and permission must always be applied for from the Pepys Librarian for all reproductions. Permission to Reproduce an Image Order Form
A list of standard charges is available on request. The exact cost will be notified to you for your approval before your order is processed.
Where we do not have an existing image, new images can be ordered subject to the approval of the Pepys Librarian, who will take into account the feasibility of taking the photograph required without damage to the item. Please note that there is normally a waiting time of up to 8 weeks for new images.
Before ordering, please read the Photographic Services: Regulations and Conditions