Hughes Hall has its own dedicated library for the exclusive use of our students and senior membership. In contrast to many other College libraries, ours is open 24/7. This means that, at any time of day (or night), you will be able to access the books that you need for your essay or exam.
We regularly update our stock to ensure that students have access to the very latest editions. Our collection comprises textbooks, general reference material and selections of periodicals and CD ROMs, all of which are included in iDiscover, the University of Cambridge library catalogue. We prioritize books that are of direct relevance to the subjects offered at Hughes, but are very happy to consider acquiring additional titles as recommended by students and seniors.
With large windows overlooking our tranquil garden, the library is an open, bright and relaxing space, spread out over two floors. On the ground floor is our reading room as well as the library office. On the first floor, we offer 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. There are 66 study spaces throughout the library, for exclusive use by Hughes students and seniors.
We are particularly proud of our Ohtake Collection, most generously donated by Professor Masatsugu Ohtake, Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall. This is a magnificent collection of rare and often unique books, such as the school diary of celebrated First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon, or first editions of the work of renowned poet, Ted Hughes, some with the poet’s own annotations.
Please see the Library pages for information about access to the library and archives.