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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


Borrowing | Renewals | Requests | Fines | System Downtime


Borrowing categories

Entitlements depend both on the type of item and type of library user:

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


Borrowing items

The borrowing of new items is now available via our Click & Collect service. Click here for more details.

Existing loans/fines etc.can be managed by logging into iDiscover and accessing the 'My Library Account' option from the menu.

Further information on borrowing can be found here:

Library rules for borrowing can be found here:


Returning items

Our remote users can return items by post to:

Cambridge University Library

West Road



At this time, UL staff are accepting Moore Library book returns on our behalf. Full details of this service can be found here.

Alternatively, you can return library items, by hand, to the drop box outside the Moore Library entrance before 17:00 (when the site closes for the day).

Renewing items

Please note: Any pre-existing loans will be automatically renewed for all borrowing categories until further notice.


Undergraduate, PhD, Masters students and all current University Staff  

Books borrowed by these user categories will renew automatically (i.e. manual renewal is not required). Patrons in the above groups may borrow books until such time as they are no longer needed or have been requested by another patron. 

All other users with borrowing rights (see full list here)

Borrowed items may be renewed at any time without penalty, provided that:

  • The item has not been requested by another reader
  • The item is not overdue
  • The item has not reached its maximum loan period (usually three times the length of the initial loan)
  • The reader has no outstanding fines, account blocks, or overdue loans

Other ways to renew items, are as follows:

Requesting items

How do I place a request?

There is a set of instructions here that you may find useful.

What happens if I place a request?

  • An email notification will ask the borrower to return the requested item within 3 days. However requests will never be due back on a weekend or a bank holiday so the request would be due on the next working day.
  • If a requested item is not returned within 3 days it becomes overdue and will begin to accrue fines.
  • If you have 2 or more overdue requests your card will be blocked from borrowing at any Library until the requested items are returned.
  • When the requested item is returned you will be notified and it must be collected from the Library within 2 days. Some Colleges may reserve the item for you for longer.


You can now pay any fines you have accrued by using the 'My Library Account' function in iDiscover. Alternatively, during staffed hours, you can pay any fines you have accrued for Moore Library books at the Service Desk.

Current fine rates are as follows:

Undergraduate, PhD, Masters students and all current University Staff 

There are no fines on overdue books for staff members or students. For overdue requested books, the fine is £1.00 per working day.

All other users with borrowing rights (see full list here)

Overdue books are fined at 25p per working day. Overdue requested books are fined at 50p per working day.



System Downtime

Please note: Scheduled downtime for work on our library management system production servers takes place between 23:00 on a Saturday evening and 04:00 on a Sunday morning. During these times, fine payments, requests and renewals will not be possible.


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