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The New Library Magdalene College Cambridge

Visiting and Supporting the Library

Thank you to all who visited the New Library at our Open Afternoon on 22 October 2022. It was a pleasure to welcome over 200 visitors to our award-winning library. The library is now closed to public visitors until the end of the term.

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

We understand that alumni may wish to visit The New Library, however, given that this is a study space in constant use by our students, we hope you will appreciate the need for us to limit access in order to maintain a safe and quiet space.

Alumni visits to the New Library can be arranged during term time, Monday-Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm dependent on staff availability (as visits must be accompanied). Outside of Term, alumni can arrange visits Monday-Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm. Your visit must be arranged in advance, with a minimum of 2 working days notice. It is not possible for groups to visit, and alumni visiting during term are limited to 2 people maximum. If you would like to visit the New Library please email to make a booking.

The New Library is closed to all non-resident Members during Easter Term (April - June) due to examinations taking place. 

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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