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Library Regulations

  • The Reference Library is open by appointment to all who wish to make use of it.
  • Appointments can be made with Library staff by phone on 01223 764398 or email on
  • The normal hours of business are Tuesday to Friday, 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.30. The Library is closed on Good Friday, Bank Holiday Mondays and between Christmas Eve and New Year.
  • The Library is reference only; borrowing is not permitted. No reader may remove from the Reference Library any book or other property in the care of the Museum.
  • The marking of any object in the care of the Museum is forbidden. Bottles of ink, correction fluid and other potentially damaging substances may not be brought into the Reference Library.
  • Photocopies or photographs may be made of books and journals within the limits of copyright law (Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988). It is a criminal offence to infringe this Act. Photographic copies of curatorial items may be ordered via the Museum's Images Library.
  • Laptops and mobile devices may be used in the Reference Library. WiFi via UniofCAM is available to staff and students of the University of Cambridge and via Eduroam to members of universities which use it.
  • Coats, cases, bags, folders etc are welcome in the Library, but may be subject to examination on exit from the Library and/or the Museum.
  • Food and drink may not be brought into the Reference Library.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the Museum.
  • Admission is granted by the Library Staff, but may be revoked by a Keeper, the Director, or the Syndics of the Museum at their absolute discretion.

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