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Visiting the library

Visiting the library

Who can use the library?

The library is open to all students and staff of the University of Cambridge, the wider polar community and anybody wishing to know more about the polar regions.

You do not need to book an appointment, though it is helpful to know in advance if you need help searching for specific material. Please sign in at Reception before each visit to the library unless you have access to the library activated on your University of Cambridge card. First-time library users should fill out a registration form in the library office.

Opening hours

The library is open from 9:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:30, Monday – Friday.

We are closed in the period between Christmas and New Year and on bank holidays.


Step-free access into the Institute is available using the entrance at the side of the building next to the car park. There is lift access to library space on the first and second floors of the building. We will always consider ways that we can best serve any library user so please contact us if you have any special requirements or about how we can make your visit more enjoyable.