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Engineering: The Library

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

The Library is staffed Monday to Friday 9:00 – 5:00 .

Swipecard access is available out-of-hours for Members of the Department. For building opening hours, see Facilities.

Visitors should make themselves known to the Department Reception and to the Library staff on each visit. If you have a disability or injury that affects your use of the Library, please let us know about any assistance you might need.

This space is great for people who like a bit more noise while they're working and for group work.

What's here:

  • Photocopier/scanner
  • Self service kiosk
  • iDiscover terminal
  • Electronic legal deposit terminal
  • Screen casting monitors for group work
  • Portable whiteboards
  • Standing height desk
  • Bean bag chairs
  • Water cooler
  • Recent issues of journals and newspapers
  • Tripos reading list materials, exam papers and Data Books
  • Wellbeing, Science Fiction and DVD collections

This space is for those who prefer to work in a quiet atmosphere. 

What's here:

  • Large desks with plenty of power points for plugging in devices
  • iDiscover terminal
  • The majority of the book collection

The North Room is a flexible, needs-driven space; during exam term it serves as extra silent space while at other times it can be as noisy or quiet as the occupants require. The space can be booked by students for group meetings, group study space, presentations and so on.

Bookings can be made from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Please note we are unable to take bookings in the Easter Term and only members of the department can book the North Room in the Library. For other room bookings in the Department of Engineering please visit

What's here:

  • AV presentation equipment that can be used to work on presentations or to screen cast for group work - no need to get special cables or remotes from staff
  • Easy to move furniture that can be reconfigured to suit your needs
  • Wall mounted white boards

To book the North Room please email You will receive an email confirming your booking. 

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Accessibility Statement

The Library is based at the Department of Engineering main site on Trumpington Street in the Baker Building. One of the doors into the Baker Building is a power assisted door. If you are not a member of the Department, please check in at Reception on the Ground Floor. The Library is up two flights of stairs, on the first floor of the building. There is a lift to the right of the building's entrance.

The main entrance to the library is on the first floor landing, via a non-power assisted door. This leads to the Collaborative Space, where you'll find the information desk. The whole Library is on this floor, with the majority of the books located in the Silent Space, through another set of manual wooden doors.

There are study spaces for quiet, individual study in this room, with all of the desks at a fixed height. There is also a seated desk with a computer for searching iDiscover. In the Collaborative Space, there are a number of different seating arrangements. There is a terminal for browsing iDiscover and a self circulation machine at a table that is higher than a standard seated desk. There is a PC for viewing Electronic Legal Deposit items on a height adjustable desk. Next to the Collaborative Space there is the North Room,  with fixed-height desks and AV presentation equipment. 

A portable induction loop device is available to users at the information desk on request. If you have any questions about access to and use of the Library facilities, please contact us at

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