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Engineering Library: In-person services

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

In-person services

You are free to use the library to study during opening hours - just find an available, socially-distanced seat! 

Ask us anything

Our Information Desk service is now available between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. Come and ask our friendly staff about anything to do with the library.


Details of borrowable items can be found on our print collections page. Our undergraduates can borrow up to 5 books; other library users may borrow up to 10. Please talk to a member of library staff if you have any questions about Engineering Library borrowing. For more information about borrowing across Cambridge University Libraries, including details of automatic renewals and vacation borrowing, please see the Borrowing LibGuide.

In-Person Returns

Engineering Library main dropbox

Members of the department can return books via this dropbox on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

Engineering Library additional dropbox

We have an additional Engineering Library dropbox located by the ground floor lift in the reception of the Department of Engineering.

Alternate library dropboxes

You can also return library items to the Moore Library dropbox outside the Moore Library entrance before 5pm (when the site closes for the day), or to the Medical Library dropbox outside the front door of the Clinical School.

Postal book returns

If you are a recent graduate, member of staff or visiting scholar who has now left the University and are unable to return to Cambridge, you can post your returns to the University Library. You can post items from the UL, Faculty and Department libraries and colleges to this address.

Further details of this service can be found in the Returns LibGuide.

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:


Basement Fetching

Most of our print collection of older journals, standards, reports and PhD theses are in our closed basement and a member of staff will need to fetch them for you. iDiscover should list if an item needs to be fetched. 

Please do send us an email outlining what you need, and we can let you know when it is ready to collect.

If you come into the library and ask us for something in the basement, we may not be able to fetch it for you right away. Some of our collection is currently not accessible due to environmental issues, so it is extremely important that you email us in advance to make sure it is available. We will endeavour to find an alternative copy if our version cannot be read.

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