War Memorial Library (student library)

Queens' College Library is open to all college members. Its primary purpose is to support learning and research undertaken by Queens’ students as well as to provide a quiet and pleasant atmosphere in which to work.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, using the library will be a little different this year. Please follow the information on these pages, or get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Library opening hours are 7am until 2am daily, except during Easter Term when the Library is open until 3am. Access to the Library is by College Card. Library staff are available between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

*Update 30th March: study spaces are now available in the Library and other rooms*

The Reading Room areas house the main book stock and our study spaces. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times. There is currently a one way system in place around the Library - please ensure you follow this at all times while keeping a respectful distance from other users.

Study spaces are currently available for resident students in the following areas:

  • War Memorial Library first floor - 8 spaces
  • Old Hall - 8 spaces
  • Bowett Room - 7 spaces
  • Armitage Room (graduates only) - 5 spaces

All study spaces are unreserved and are open 7am-2am daily. Face coverings must be worn at all times and available windows must be kept open to aid ventilation. For more information, see our Studying in the Library webpage.

Wi-fi is available in all library spaces via Eduroam.

Usual library services are in place for the self-issue and loan of books. In addition we are happy to assist you with the following:

  • Arranging access to ebooks
  • Posting books from our collections to addresses within the UK (for any students who are working remotely; extended loan periods apply)
  • Leaving library books for collection from the WML entrance area (this service is only for students with a specific medical or other reason preventing them from entering the WML reading areas)
  • Scanning books from our collections (either one chapter or up to 5%, whichever is greater, in compliance with copyright restrictions)
  • For students who are self-isolating on site, delivery of books to student rooms

With so many working from home in Lent Term, it has been necessary to disable the recalls feature on iDiscover. If you wish to access a book that is currently on loan to someone else please just email us and we will be happy to resolve the matter for you.

Library staff will be pleased to assist any reader experiencing difficulty using any of the library facilities. For a quick introduction and FAQs, please see our Getting Started at Queens' Library guide or our introductory video:

The JCR have also put together a great video detailing exactly how to use the Library and our study spaces with COVID restrictions in place, including taking you round our one-way system:

For an overview of all the resources available to you from Cambridge Libraries and beyond, check out CamGuides.

At the current time, we are unable to welcome old members and visiting scholars to use the library to access specific items or to consult materials unique to Queens'. Please contact the College Librarian if you have any questions about our collections and we will do our best to help remotely.

Queens' College's student library was named 'The War Memorial Library' in commemoration of Queens' members killed during the Second World War. The Library is housed in the College's original 1448 chapel, on Old Court, and is entered from Library Passage that links Old Court and Walnut Tree Court.

For up-to-date information about both libraries, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and see our Old Library Blog. Have something you want to tell us? Email us or add an anonymous note to our virtual feedback wall.