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Information for Students

The Jerwood Library provides library services to all the following members of the College: undergraduates, current graduate students, fellows and College staff. For more information on access to the library and borrowing rights, please see the Library Policy page on the Intranet.

Opening hours and admission policy

The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the undergraduates, curent graduate students, fellows and staff of Trinity Hall only, using a university card for access. The library staff work from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and, in addition, a team of Library Support Staff made up of graduate students work in the evenings and at weekends during Full Term.

Exceptionally, members of other colleges of the University may be admitted to the library to consult a book but should contact library staff for permission prior to any visit. Access is usually granted only if resources are unavailable elsewhere in the University, and borrowing is restricted to Trinity Hall's undergraduates, current graduate students, fellows and staff.

Borrowing books and DVDs

Up to ten books can be borrowed for two weeks during term time, and books can be renewed four times, either online or in person. Books can also be borrowed for the whole of the vacation. Reference books cannot be borrowed during Full Term. In addition, up to four DVDs can also be borrowed for two weeks. Please note that DVDs can only be borrowed when a member of staff is present to issue the disc, and no renewals of DVDs are permitted. Students with special needs may borrow more books and have extended loan periods. For more information go to the Library Policy page on the Intranet.

The library has a self-issue system for borrowing  books, which requires members of the College to use their University cards. Students must register their University cards with the library before borrowing is permitted—please talk to library staff about this. Books must be checked out using your university card at the self-issue machine in the entrance hall, and are returned by placing them in the dropbox, also in the entrance hall. If the self-issue machine isn’t working, books can be borrowed using the borrowing book by the journals in the entrance hall. To borrow a DVD, please bring the case to the library office, and a member of staff will fetch the DVD for you.

The library usually sends courtesy email reminders when books or DVDs are due for return. However, please remain aware of the due dates of your loans. There are charges for all overdue loans and recalled items, though we provide a four-day 'grace period' once items become overdue, during which no fines are charged so long as the loans are returned within the 'grace period'. Once this has expired fines are charged at the rate of 50p per book or DVD per day from the date on which the item first became overdue.

Renewing and recalling books

Books may be renewed up to four times. They can be renewed online by logging into your account via iDiscover. You can also reissue the book to yourself at the self-issue machine, or get in touch with library staff, and we'll renew your books for you. DVDs may not be renewed.

Your library account also permits you to recall or place holds on books. This is particularly helpful if books are in high demand. If a book is recalled, the person who has the book on loan is advised via email that he or she should return the book within three days. By placing a hold, a book is reserved for you on its return, although the person who has the book on loan is not required to return it any sooner than its original due date. In both cases, you will be informed about its availability by email.

Recommending books

We are always extremely happy to receive recommendations of titles from students or Fellows. To request a book, please complete the online recommendation form on the College intranet, or fill out a paper form by the self-issue machine. We submit recommendations to the relevant Director of Studies for approval prior to purchase, and aim to acquire recommended books as quickly as possible.

Journals and magazines

We subscribe to several hard-copy journals and magazines, including The Economist, New Scientist, The New Yorker, L'Obs, Der Spiegel and London Review of Books, amongst others. The latest copies of these are stored in the entrance hall, and back issues on the open shelves. Please note that journals and periodicals are for reference only, and should not be removed from the library.


The photocopying room is just off the entrance hall. The photocopier/printer works with the University Card and pre-payment via the Common Balance system. Black and white copying/printing costs 5p per sheet of A4 or A3 paper. Colour copying/printing costs 15p per sheet of A4 or A3 paper. Scans are sent to your email account and are free of charge.

Laptops and wi-fi

The computer room is at the very top of the library, and is well stocked with a scanner, black-and-white printer and colour printer. Printing charges are added directly to your college bill. Paper for the printers is stored in the library office. Wi-fi is available throughout the library, and laptops may be used anywhere except the Reading Room, which is a designated computer-free space. Ethernet cables, along with headphones and book chairs, can be borrowed from the library office.

Special Collections

The Jerwood Library's special collections are housed in the Reading Room. The Larman Collection covers books on Tudor and Stuart history. The Strangman Collection covers a wide range of subjects including 18th- and 19th-century English literature. The Trinity Hall Collection contains books by and/or about members of Trinity Hall or the history of the College. Many, but not all, of the books in the special collections may be borrowed. However, they are only accessible during the hours that the library is staffed. If you would like to consult the special collections, please contact the library staff.


Contact the Library:

The Jerwood Library
e: library@trinhall.cam.ac.uk

Head of Library Services

Jenni Lecky-Thompson
t: +44 1223 332546

Deputy Librarian

Sophie Connor
t: +44 1223 764464

Fellow Archivist & Librarian

Dr William O'Reilly
t: +44 1223 765956

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