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The Betty & Gordon Moore Library is currently offering an expanded range of online support services and new ways you can access our collections to help you learn, teach and research.

See individual zero contact services web pages for variations in availability. Please be aware that, due to the current lockdown restrictions, all services will be subject to change, possibly, at short notice and some services may have to be suspended. 

The Betty & Gordon Moore Library



Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Moore Library is closed to all users.

24-hour access will not be made available again until such time as and when we are permitted to do so by the University. 

This applies to all staff and all students, without exception.


Access to the library, outside the normal staffed hours, is restricted to current staff and students of Cambridge University who have an active University card. Access is also provided to Visiting Scholars and Isaac Newton Institute programme participants.

To validate your University of Cambridge or temporary card for 24-hour access, please apply at the Service desk between 09:30 and 17:00 Monday to Friday, or between 09:30 and 12:30 on Saturdays.

You can also download a copy of the application form here. Print, read, sign and hand to a member of staff who will complete the application process.


Terms of use for 24 hour access

It is subject to certain conditions (detailed below) and your agreement to abide and be bound by those conditions.

Please familiarise yourself with the following terms of use and return the completed form, with your University card, to the Service Desk, so that staff may activate your card for 24 hour access.

  1. Respect the space. Please leave the library as you would like to find it. Due to 24 hour access the library is heavily used, please be courteous to fellow users and those employed to keep it clean by not leaving it in a mess. Use the recycling bins provided and don’t leave any rubbish on the desks. You may bring into the library such items that you require to work with i.e. laptops, paper, pens etc. Examples of items you may not bring into the library would be electric fans, kettles, sleeping bags, excessive items of clothing, footwear and other such personal items. We fully appreciate that those working late at night might occasionally have a short sleep due to tiredness but anyone using the library as a place to sleep for prolonged periods may find their access revoked.

  2. Respect each other. Anyone engaging in behaviour that might in any way cause distress or embarrassment to other users or staff will have their access revoked. In addition the incident will be reported to their college or department for further action to be taken. Aggressive behaviour, be that verbal or physical, against staff or other users will not be tolerated under any circumstances. We understand that stress levels can be high around deadlines but this does not excuse antisocial behaviour of any kind.

  3. Food and drink. You are permitted to eat food within the designated break space on the Ground Floor. Bottled drinks and hot drinks from the vending machine are allowed to be consumed on any floor provided lids are used to prevent spillages. All food containers should disposed of in the appropriate recycling bin. If a bin is full please inform a member of staff. Do not over fill the bins as this can lead to spillage on the carpets. Water dispensers are provided on all floors and there is a vending machine in the ground floor lobby area and hot drinks machine in the Lower Ground. You are invited to use these facilities but should bear in mind that during Summer Term the building can become exceptionally busy at weekends and these machines may become empty before staff are in a position to replenish them. With this in mind students should be prepared to make alternative arrangements. Under no circumstances should users attempt to change the water bottles themselves but inform a member of staff at their earliest convenience.

  4. Be safe. Remember, you are responsible for your own safety. To this end, it is recommended that users only operate the lift during staffed hours. In the event of the fire alarms sounding, users should vacate the building as quickly as possible (do not use the lift) and assemble at the evacuation point. This can be found at the left hand side of the car park, facing you as you exit through the sliding metal gate adjacent to the library. Site security will attend and advise when and if it is safe to re-enter the building.

Site security can also be contacted on the emergency call point in the lift or by dialling 01223 331818. Under normal circumstances they can be onsite within 5-10 minutes.


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