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Library & Archive

Girton has one of the largest and most comprehensive College libraries in the University, holding in the region of 95,000 books

The 1930s building of the Library, with its awe-inspiring vaulted timber ceiling, was complemented in 2005 by a multi-award-winning extension. This created a spacious IT resources area and a state-of-the-art repository to house the Archive and the Special Collections. These collections range from rare Sanskrit manuscripts to gifts of books from Girton’s most notable early supporters such as Tennyson, Ruskin, and George Eliot. There are extensive and internationally important collections on the history of women and work, the suffrage movement, and women’s education, as well as an extensive archive of the College’s ground-breaking history.

Library News

Lent Term opening hours 2024

Monday – Sunday
9am – 11pm

Current undergraduate and postgraduate members of the College can borrow up to 10 titles at a time. During Full Term, the loan period is 14 days.

Please note: the College Library is open to all current members of Girton College.  Anyone else wishing to visit the Library should email library@girton.cam.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

Study rooms:

Group study rooms on the Hyphen corridor (D33, D34, and D35) and quiet study rooms on the Chapel Wing (Middle Chapel Study Room and Top Chapel Study Room) must be booked using the online booking system. You can book at the time of use, if the room is available.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • Choose a study room that best suits your needs and use the confirmation emails to remember which one you've booked. If you're uncertain about your booking, please contact us at library@girton.cam.ac.uk and we can check for you.
  • CO2 monitors have been installed in these rooms. If the monitors turn amber or red, please follow the provided instructions and open more windows to improve ventilation.

Archive and Special Collections:

The opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are different. If you plan to visit in person, please refer to the Arranging a visit section of the website.


Christmas break opening hours

9.00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday – Friday only

(closed weekends)

However, some days may have shorter opening hours and/or be closed over lunch, depending on staff availability.

Special Notice: Wednesday, 13 December

The Library will be closed from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

*** The Library will CLOSE for the holiday period at 5pm on Wednesday 20 December and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 3 January 2024. ***

Full Term opening begins again the weekend before Lent Full Term (13 – 14 January 2024).

Opening hours for the study rooms

• The group study rooms, and quiet study rooms will start closing from 8pm on Wednesday 20 December, although the exact timings will vary from room to room; please consult the online booking system. They will all re-open from 10am on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, it would be worth contacting us in advance – tel. 01223 338970 or email library@girton.cam.ac.uk. 

 


Arrangements for the Christmas vacation 2023

Borrowing from the Library

Current students may borrow up to 10 Items for the vacation, with loans due back by Wednesday 17 January 2024. Reservations/recalls/requests will be turned off on Tuesday 28 November, so that no loans can be recalled during the vacation. Our "click & collect" service will remain in place until Friday 15 December.

Opening hours for the Library

The Library will be open its usual Full Term hours (9am–11pm) until Sunday 3 December. Thereafter, opening hours for current members of the College will be:-
Monday to Friday: 9am–5pm, with a possible closure for lunch on certain days (subject to staff availability).

Please be aware that short closures may occur at times, depending on staff availability. If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, it would be worth contacting us in advance — tel. 01223 338970 or email library@girton.cam.ac.uk.

*** The Library will CLOSE for the holiday period at 5pm on Wednesday 20 December and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 3 January 2024. ***

Full Term opening begins again the weekend before Lent Full Term (13 – 14 January 2024).

Opening hours for the study rooms

The group study rooms, and quiet study rooms will start closing from 8pm on Wednesday 20 December, although the exact timings will vary from room to room; please consult the online booking system. They will all re-open from 10am on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

Other nearby libraries

  • The Moore Library will be closed from Saturday 23 December, re-opening on Tuesday 2 January 2024. Its opening hours during the vacation will be 9am–5pm on weekdays and 9am–1pm on Saturdays.
  • The West Hub Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December, re-opening on Tuesday 2 January 2024.

Electronic resources

Ebooks, ejournals, and other services should remain accessible over the Christmas vacation. However, any issues that may arise during this time are unlikely to be resolved until after the holiday period.

 


 

Michaelmas Term opening hours 2023

Monday – Sunday 
9am – 11pm

Current undergraduate and postgraduate members of the College can borrow up to 10 titles at a time. During Full Term, the loan period is 14 days.

Please note: the College Library is open to all current members of Girton College.  Anyone else wishing to visit the Library should email library@girton.cam.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

Study rooms:

Group study rooms on the Hyphen corridor (D33, D34, and D35) and quiet study rooms on the Chapel Wing (Middle Chapel Study Room and Top Chapel Study Room) must be booked using the online booking system. You can book at the time of use, if the room is available.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • Choose a study room that best suits your needs and use the confirmation emails to remember which one you've booked. If you're uncertain about your booking, please contact us at library@girton.cam.ac.uk and we can check for you.
  • CO2 monitors have been installed in these rooms. If the monitors turn amber or red, please follow the provided instructions and open more windows to improve ventilation.

Archive and Special Collections:

The opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are different. If you plan to visit in person, please refer to the Arranging a visit section of the website.

 


 

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Our catalogue has been successfully upgraded! Please update your bookmarks to use the following link: https://girton.cirqahosting.com/HeritageScripts/Hapi.dll/Search1

Thank you.

 


 

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