To support teaching and research at the University of Cambridge, the Betty & Gordon Moore Library provides the University’s major working collections in science and technology. This includes collections in mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, materials science, engineering, biological, chemical, earth, and environmental sciences. 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!
The Library is currently open and staffed between:
9am-5pm Monday - Friday
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.
For further information, please visit our study spaces webpage. Thank you for continuing to help us keep staff and users safe.
There are several places you can turn to get help. As well as the Physical Sciences Research Support Team, many disciplines operate their own library. You can find their details in the Help tab or by using the quick links to their online guides below:
Our book collections are located on the ground, first, and second floors of the Library - the sequence starts on the second floor. Our bound journal collection can be found on the lower ground floor.
You can search our book stock using iDiscover, the Cambridge University Libraries online catalogue, as demonstrated in the video below. If you need help using iDiscover, please ask a member of the Library Team - we will be happy to guide you.
The University Library has developed a series of short videos on how to get the most out of iDiscover. You can access the playlist by clicking this link.
Where is my book?
Need a book from the Moore Library? Check out our handy guide to what is available on each floor:
Remember: books labelled 'reserve collection' on iDiscover have been integrated into the main sequence so you will find them on the main shelves.
You can see an overview of our which books are held at which classmark on our classification guide.
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.
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.
Currently we have a range study spaces available throughout the library, including the Glass Room on the Lower ground floor. We offer two bookable study rooms which are available on a first-come first-served basis and can be reserved via our bookings page.
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 and photocooying are available on the lower ground floor of the Moore Library. Prices and futher information can be found on our website.
Undergraduates may borrow up to a maximum of:
University Staff, University PhD and Masters students may borrow up to a maximum of:
All other users with borrowing rights, may borrow up to a maximum of:
Other borrowing rules