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The New Library Magdalene College Cambridge

Visiting and Supporting the Library

The College and the New Library are closed to all visitors and non-resident Members from Monday 24 April until Saturday 17 June for the Easter Term exam period.

New Library: Access Policy

The New Library is a working student library, and like all institutional libraries, it operates a restricted access policy. The building is in 24-hour use, seven days a week, as a place of quiet study and research.

In order to avoid disruption, and bearing in mind limited staff resources, it is not possible to provide routine access to non-College members. A strictly limited number of visits may be available out of term by special arrangement. Enquiries should be made through a single point of contact:

Given the level of current interest, please understand that you may receive an autoreply indicating that visits are not presently available. No visits should take place or be advertised until permission has been received.

Alumni Visiting the New Library

The New Library is a source of great pride for the College and alumni are understandably interested in visiting this lovely new building. We do however have to be mindful that the College Library is a quiet study space in constant use by our students and we thus hope you will appreciate that we have to limit access in order to maintain a safe and quiet environment.

Visits to the New Library are of course possible but subject to the following parameters:

Out of term: July to September and December to mid-January
Members can arrange visits Monday-Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm. Your visit must be arranged in advance, with a minimum of 2 working days’ notice.

Michaelmas and Lent Terms: October – November and mid-January to March
Members can arrange to visit, Monday-Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm dependent on staff availability (as visits must be accompanied). It is not possible for groups to visit, and alumni visiting during term are limited to 2 people maximum.

Easter Term and Easter Vacation: April – June
The New Library is closed to all non-resident Members due to examinations taking place.

If you would like to visit the New Library, please email to make a booking.

Members of the public wishing to visit the New Library should contact

Donations Policy

Throughout its history the College Library has benefitted from book donations.

We are always very grateful to receive publication donations to the library. Those wishing to make a donation are advised to contact the Library in advance, and if possible to provide a list of books being offered to check against our current holdings.

The primary purpose of the College Library is to support undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses, constraints on resources may mean that we must be selective in what books we can accept.

Donations and bequests are accepted on the understanding that the books become the property of the College on receipt, and may be removed at any time in the future. Items that are not retained (either at the time of receipt or subsequently) may be passed to other libraries, sold or otherwise disposed of, the proceeds of any sales being used to the benefit of the College.

For further information, please download our Libraries and Archives Donation Policy.

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