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New Library Services

Library Services

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through term time and vacation, the New Library is a purpose-built space for Magdalene students to meet, work, relax and find inspiration.

The New Library provides over 90 study spaces across three floors with views of the Fellows Garden and the Cam. Opened in March 2021 the New Library is a purpose-built study space, offering a variety of places to work within an inspiring environment. There is a mix of individual desks, group desks, comfortable seating and window seats.

Our collection of 30,000 books primarily supports undergraduate and taught graduates across all subjects. The collection is also a secondary resource for the College’s PhD students and Fellows.

The New Library is accessible to all current Magdalene students, Fellows and staff. For visitor access please see below.

Students will be invited to a library induction when first join the College as an undergraduate, but you can arrange another, or simply a chat with the Deputy Librarian, at any time by emailing


Access to the Library during staff working hours may occasionally be permitted to individuals from other Cambridge Colleges, for the purpose of consulting books not readily available elsewhere. Such access is by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting the Deputy Librarian. The library is not open to members of the public.

Alumni wishing to visit the library should contact in advance to arrange an appointment.

Staff operating hours

The library is usually staffed 9 am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday throughout term and vacation. The library office is located on the Ground Floor next to the entrance. 

Accessing the Library

Access is via a university card reader on the external door and on the internal entrance door to the left and the social space door to the right.

Before arriving for the first time please update your card by scanning it on the card reader outside the Porters’ Lodge or your card will not let you into the building.

If your card will not let you in try the Library Office via the intercom or check with the Porters that you have the correct access (they can fix it very quickly).

Please be ready to identify yourself to Library staff on request, if you do not have your Library card please ensure you know your CRSID (or university email address!).

A map can be picked up from the map holders in the entrance foyer and throughout the Library, the Library map can also be accessed on the Library Map page.


We are keen to ensure that the physical library, our online resources and the support we offer meet your individual requirements.

The building entrance and Library entrance doors are fully automated and are opened by presenting University cards to the card reader. Exits are also automatic opening via non-contact pads.

A lift is available on all floors in the Library. 

There is a disabled toilet on all floors. 

All disabled toilets have alarms that will sound in the Library and alert the Porters Lodge.

Many of the study spaces have adjustable chairs.

Looking for more information?

Further details of available services can be found in the relevant section of this website. If you are planning on using the Library for the first time please read the induction page and if you have any questions please visit the Library Office, which is normally staffed Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or contact us via email.


In order to minimise the impact on students studying in the library, permission for filming within the library building must be requested in advance. Please contact the Deputy Librarian, in person at the help desk or on to discuss needs and requirements.