Seeley Library

The Seeley Library

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Visit the library

Out of term: Vacation opening Wednesday 15th June - Monday 3rd October (inclusive).

  • Monday - Friday 9am-5pm (please note items cannot be borrowed for the last 15 minutes of each day).

During term: The library will be open for the hours listed below. You do not need to book online in order to visit. We may temporarily restrict access if too many people are in the library.

  • Monday - Friday, 9am - 6:45pm

  • Saturdays, 12 noon - 6pm

  • Sundays, 1pm - 5pm

Training and Inductions

The Seeley team are running induction sessions and referencing one-to-ones throughout Michaelmas Term. These can be booked via our training website

One-to-one appointments with library staff are also available via the following website: 

We will also be offering the following classes:

Finding Literature on Your Reading List

Wednesday October 19th, 2:30-3:30pm

Monday October 31st, 2:30-3:30pm

Join members of the Seeley team to look at our library catalogue, iDiscover. We will demonstrate how you can find material on your reading lists and also show you some referencing tools. This online session will last 45 minutes and allow time at the end for any questions.


Literature Searching: How to Find Literature for your Thesis or Dissertation

Monday 24th October, 2:30-3:30pm

Wednesday 9th November, 2:30-3:30pm

Struggling to find resources for your dissertation or thesis? Need help finding relevant search terms? Not sure which database to use first? Join members of the Seeley Team for this online session on literature searching. We will help you to search for resources by generating search terms and using citation databases. This 45 minute session will include demonstrations and will allow time at the end for any questions.


Referencing Support Appointments

In person and online throughout term

Have a one-to-one chat with a librarian about your referencing queries. 


Historical Newspapers: Searching and Accessing Collections

Wednesday 26th October, 2:30-3:30pm

This class will look at the historical newspapers available to staff and students at the University of Cambridge. It will explore the print material at the main University Library and give an introduction of the online collections we subscribe to. There will be demonstrations of how this content can be searched and tips for finding the best results. This session will also discuss how historical newspapers can be referenced and how to avoid breaking copyright laws.


Official Publications at Cambridge

Thursday 10th November, 10-11am

Join two members of Cambridge Libraries to find out more about the Official Publications available to members of the University. Paul Cooke (the Seeley’s Librarian) will give an overview of historical resources available in print and online. Kate Faulkner (Legal Research Librarian) will also give a presentation on how contemporary sources can be searched for and accessed. This hour-long session will look at databases, hidden collections and referencing official material. Participants will also be able to sign up for one-to-one appointments with the presenters afterwards.