Hughes Hall Library

As a member of Hughes Hall, you can use our beautiful, peaceful library for your reading and learning.

The library

Unlike many other College libraries, ours is open 24/7, you’ll always be able to access the books you need for your essay or exam.

It’s an open, bright and relaxing space, spread out over two floors, with 66 study spaces and large windows overlooking our tranquil garden.

On the ground floor is our reading room and the library office. The first floor has two secluded study areas: one for silent individual study and one for group study. The first floor also has its own computer facilities, including a photocopier, printer and scanner.

The collection

We update our stock regularly to make sure students have access to the very latest editions.

Our collection includes textbooks, general reference material and selected periodicals and CD-ROMs. Everything is indexed in iDiscover, the University of Cambridge library catalogue.

We prioritise the subjects offered at Hughes Hall, but we’re happy to consider acquiring other titles on request.

The Ohtake Collection

We’re particularly proud of our Ohtake Collection, a magnificent collection of rare and often unique books including the school diary of Siegfried Sassoon, the celebrated First World War poet, and first editions by Poet Laureate Ted Hughes Hall, some with his own annotations.

The Collection was most generously donated by Professor Masatsugu Ohtake, Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall.

More information

Please see the library pages to learn more.

A peaceful space for reading and learning