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Engineering Library: Study spaces and accessibility

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

Image: map of the libraryStudy spaces and accessibility

The Engineering 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.

In the Silent Space there are study spaces for quiet, individual study, 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 for borrowing and returning items. This is 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. It can be booked for student meetings, group work or presentations. Students can book Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 16:45.

To book the North Room, please complete the form below:

The nearest toilets are: Gents on the same floor, behind the Silent Space. Ladies up one flight of stairs from the gents. Disabled and All-Gender toilets are located on the First Floor of the Baker Building, accessible by lift. There are other toilets (gents/ladies and disabled/all-gender) nearby in the James Dyson Building, which can be accessed across from the back entrance to the Silent Space. The James Dyson Building has a lift to all floors. The disabled toilets throughout the Department are for use by all genders. 

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 email us at

Book the North Room poster with QR codeNorth Room

The North Room, next to the Collaborative Space, contains fixed-height desks and AV presentation equipment. It can be booked for student meetings, group work or presentations. Students can book meeting times for Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 16:45. If possible, please book one day in advance of required meeting time. Walk-in requests are subject to availability.

To book the North Room, please complete the form below:


Create an Alternative Format Document (Sensus Access)

Sensus Access is designed to allow disabled students and staff, and those supporting them, to create accessible alternative formats of inaccessible digital documents. It allows documents to be converted into a range of alternative formats including digital Braille, MP3 audio files, DAISY and ebooks. The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files or scanned images into more accessible formats. 

The University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre has more information on how to use Sensus Access and upload documents to convert. Online training is also available. 

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