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Using The Library

Where We Are

You will find us on the first floor of the Psychological Laboratory on the Downing Site. Visitors should introduce themselves at Reception.  


Opening Hours


Monday to Friday

9 am - 5 pm

Department of Psychology staff, graduate students, and third-year undergraduate students have 24-hour swipe card access to the Library.

During vacations, please before visiting as we are occasionally unstaffed.

The first time you use the library please bring your University card and ask the Librarian to register you with the Psychology Library. Alternatively current members of University of Cambridge may use this online form.


Borrowing Allowances

Psychology undergraduates:  10 books for 7 days

Psychology graduates:  10 books for 14 days

Other Cambridge University students:  3 books for 5 days

Books marked Special Reference are overnight and weekend loans to be returned by 10am.

Please ensure that you add all books to your account by using the self-issue machine.

To return books simply deposit them in the drop-box at the issue desk.



The computer suite has 8 computers and a black and white printer. Collect your login and password from the Computer Room (105, surgery held daily 2-2.30 pm) the first time you use these.  You need credit on your DS-Print account in order to print.

 The student common room is right next door to the library, equipped with vending machines for snacks and drinks, a fridge, kettle and microwave. Seating includes café style tables, easy chairs and bean bags.

We have a self-service binding facility which costs £1.00 per item. Please ask at the Library Office.


How To Find Books

Make a note of the classmark from the catalogue. All classmarks starting with a number are shelved in the MacCurdy Library, all those beginning with a letter are in the Main Library.  You can see the outline of our classification system here. Large volumes are shelved on the bottom shelves on the right hand side as you enter the library. You need to ask the Librarian for Special Reference or Store items.


Print Journals

Latest copies of journals are kept on display in the MacCurdy Library for reference only. Back issues are kept in five different locations: MacCurdy Library, Main Library, Library Office, Computer Room and the Archive Store. A list of the current subscriptions - print editions - that are available for browsing in the library can be found here.