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Mathematics: Moore Library

Welcome to the Betty & Gordon Moore Library

To support teaching and research at the University of Cambridge, the Betty & Gordon Moore Library provides the University’s major working collections in mathematics, science and technology.  The Library is open to all University of Cambridge students and staff.

Take a short online tour of our Library - we hope to see you in person soon!


When can I use the Library?

The Betty and Gordon Moore Library is open:

Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 21:00

Saturday: 09:00 - 13:00

On advice from the University Safety Office the library will not be in a position to offer 24/7 access.  Readers will only be able to gain access to the Moore during staffed hours. 

Please continue to monitor our website, as any future updates to this will be posted there in the first instance. 

FAQs & Contact Us

If you've got any questions about the Moore Library which aren't answered on this guide, we have an FAQ section on our website:

Moore Library FAQs

If you have any other questions please Contact Us.

Borrowing Information

Undergraduates may borrow up to a maximum of:

  • 10 books at a time with an initial loan period of 7 days, after which all loans will automatically renew until returned to the library
  • Borrowed books may be requested by another library user during term time only

University Staff, University PhD and Masters students may borrow up to a maximum of:

  • 20 books at a time with an initial loan period of 28 days after which all loans will automatically renew until returned to the library
  • Borrowed books may be requested by another library user during term time only

All other users with borrowing rights, may borrow up to a maximum of:

  • 20 books at a time with an initial loan period of 8 weeks (three times renewal, online or in person)
  • Borrowed books may be requested if required by another library user during full term and vacation periods

Other borrowing rules

  • Journal volumes have a loan period of 1 day (please note that journal issues from the current calendar year may not be borrowed)
  • Non-book media items are for use in the Library only
  • Reference items may not be borrowed

Library Facilities

  • Study spaces

Currently we have study spaces available on our first and second floors, as well as the Glass Room on the Lower ground floor. Find out more about our study spaces here.

  • Self service borrowing

Our self service borrowing machine is located on the ground floor. Using your blue univesrity card, books can be borrowed and returned on this terminal.

  • Printing, Scanning & Photocopying

Printing, scanning and photocooying are available on the lower ground floor of the Moore Library. Prices and futher information can be found on our website.

Click & Collect

You can come in and browse our collections and borrow what you need. However, if you would like to borrow a book and collect it from the Library entrance, you can request via our Click and Collect service. Books are collected Monday - Friday

How do I place a request?

Can I return books at the same time?

Yes! Our book box is located outside of the Library doors, so if you want to return your books you won't need to enter the building.

Find out more about Click & Collect on our webpages

Scan & Deliver

Need a journal article or book chapter that isn't available online?

Scan & Deliver allows current staff and students to request an individual scanned copy of one chapter (or 5%) of a monograph (printed book) or  one article per issue of a journal from collections held by Cambridge University Libraries, subject to relevant  conservation approval and copyright permissions.

Find out more about Scan & Deliver on the University Libraries Scan & Deliver page.

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