User Information

Access, Opening Times and Resources


  • Regrettably, the library has now been closed due to the Coronavirus situation. The library office is currently closed, with staff working remotely. Please contact with any enquiries. Thank you.
  • Online resources are available to current Hughes Hall students and staff from anywhere in the world.
  • Please check these pages and the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

If you have a disability or injury that affects your use of the library, please ask library staff for any assistance you require.  We are always happy to help.

Resources and Searching

Cambridge LibGuides has links to information on iDiscover, all academic subject areas, referencing guides for all subjects, and links to relevant databases. Information about access to electronic resources and ejournals is available online, as is further information about ebooks.

CamGuides is a free online resource introducing some academic, digital and research practices you may need to use. It was originally created for Master’s students on courses with a taught element. This year a version for undergraduates has also been released.

Book requests: Undergraduates and students on taught postgraduate courses: do you need core course books?    Please email the library here or complete the online book request form.

Self-help books: there is a list of available titles.  You can borrow the books from the library in the usual way, or let library staff know if you would like us to put them in your pigeonhole.

Information about the Ohtake special collection is available here.

Library Rules

Please note the library rules, which can be downloaded here.

Finding books

To locate a particular book please use iDiscover.

If you have trouble finding the resources you need, please contact library staff and we will do our best to help.

Borrowing and requesting

Borrowing and renewing

Borrowing: You may borrow up to five items at a time from the Hughes Hall library, plus a locker key if you live off site.

Renewing: Books may be renewed by logging into your library account on iDiscover and following the instructions. Contact library staff if you need to have your loan extended.

Returning: Please return books by putting them in the book drop box at the library entrance.

Other borrowable items
The library has anatomical models which are available to medical students. Please ask library staff.

Some books are labelled to show that there is an accompanying CD-ROM. Most CD-ROMS are with the relevant book.  A few CD-ROMS are stored in the library office, and can be issued to you by library staff.

Requesting books

The library gives priority to core course books for undergraduate (particularly Part 1) and taught postgraduate courses, and also to books for those courses where we have more students. Further details are in the collection policy.

Please let the librarian know of books you need for your course which the library does not currently have, or where the edition we have is out of date. Giving full details of the book, e.g which edition is required and the ISBN, will enable us to get the correct book for you.

You can make requests using the online book request form. Alternatively, you can email

The librarian may consult your Director of Studies for their opinion of the book. If purchase is approved and the budget permits, we will try to obtain a copy.

Online bookshop

If you are planning to buy anything online from Amazon, please use the link below to get to the Amazon website. Amazon will then donate a proportion of the value of your order to the library, at no extra cost to you. If the link below is not visible, please turn off your ad blocker and refresh the page.

Please use this link whenever you shop from Amazon.