Queens' Library reopening plans

Enquiry service, borrowing and returning books

We are very happy to announce that Queens' Library will be reopening for borrowing and returning books in the week beginning 14th September.

One-way systems and social distancing measures will be in place. Anyone visiting the library is asked to sanitise their hands upon entry using the dispenser provided at the entrance, and wear a face covering while in the building.

Enquiries will be answered from the library office, although we encourage readers to email queries to us where possible using the library email: library@queens.cam.ac.uk.

Readers should use our self-issue machine to borrow and return books. Hand sanitiser will be available by the machine and users will be asked to sanitise their hands before and after use.

Usual library opening hours will be in operation (7am-2am, daily).

Study areas

Assuming initial reopening runs smoothly, we plan to reopen the library for study in the week beginning 21st September. By the start of term, socially distanced study spaces will be available in the following areas:

  • Library (eight spaces, situated on the first floor)
  • Old Hall
  • Old Kitchens
  • Munro Room

These areas will be available for use 7am-2am daily.

Some study spaces will be subject to an online booking system (details to be made available in due course). The use of study spaces will be under constant review to ensure fairness and equality of access for all Queens' members.

As library staff are only present during office hours (weekdays, 9am-5pm), we will rely on readers to maintain good hand hygiene and respect social distancing at all times in order to ensure everyone’s health is protected.

Queens' Library staff are available to answer any questions you might have and support you through your studies, whether face to face or virtually. If you have any concerns or questions please do get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Details of inductions for new students will be communicated in due course.