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Books and Journals

Trinity is the largest of the Cambridge college libraries. We aim to stock all the books required for Part I undergraduate courses, as well as Part II where possible; we also cater for taught postgraduate courses and for research students. If you are unable to find a book from your reading list, you may fill in a recommendation form and we will purchase a copy as quickly as possible. If there are any other books you think we ought to have, please fill in the recommendation form and we will seek approval from your Director of Studies before purchasing. Additionally, the Library subscribes to about 130 periodicals, which can be searched on the College Catalogue.


Up to 20 items for a period of 2 weeks (with some exceptions); there are 2 self-issue kiosks on the ground floor.

Renewable up to 3 times online (log in to ‘Your Account’ in VuFind)

Items out on loan can be recalled (via the ‘Recall this’ feature in the Holdings section of every record in VuFind)

All items are due back at the start of every term (and at the end of the Easter term); renewals are disabled at this time.

Within the last 2 weeks of the Michaelmas and Lent terms any items borrowed or renewed will have a due date of the first day of the next term.

Electronic Resources

The library has access to a number of electronic resources including ebooks and ejournals available through our catalogue. Members of the University have access to the resources provided by the University Library. Browse their collections on the UL’s eResources page.

DVDs and CDs

There is a small collection of DVDs in the Catalogue Room. These can be borrowed for two weeks at a time under normal loan rules. Please note the following copyright regulations with regard to DVDs of films:

  1. Films may be borrowed on a short-term basis by registered Library users for their own individual private study and non-commercial research.
  2. Films may be borrowed by registered Library users and shown to an audience of University staff and students. Such a showing must be for educational, instructional purposes only. No fees may be charged for the viewing.
  3. Films may not be shown to the general public.
  4. No copies of a film may be made in any format or media. Digital rights management measures such as copy control mechanisms embedded in the media may not be removed for any purpose.

Additionally, there is a library of nearly 850 CDs (single discs or sets) also kept in the Catalogue Room. These can be borrowed by members of College.

Other Items

  • DVD drives: The library has external (USB) DVD drives available to borrow for a one week loan in order to help those whose devices come without DVD drives make use of our Audio-Visual collections. These can be found in the Catalogue Room.
  • Reference: A selection of reference books, including dictionaries and past exam papers, is located in the Catalogue Room. These items may be consulted in the library only.
  • Ordnance Survey Maps: There is a set of 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey maps of Britain located behind the Entrance Desk. Individual maps may be borrowed for up to 14 days.
  • Anatomical Models: The Library has 17 half-skeletons, 17 skulls and a model ear for the use of medical students. These may be borrowed for the academic year or the long vacation. There are also 2 model brains for the use of medical students. These may be borrowed for library use only on a one day loan basis, seven days a week, throughout the year. Please see staff at the Entrance Desk for details.
  • Book Rests: There are a number of wooden book rests available to use in the library; there are also some which can be borrowed..
  • Naxos Music Library: this is now available to all Cambridge University members both on and off campus. It can be accessed at this link and via the Cambridge Libraries A-Z of eresources.
  • Board games: a selection of games to borrow. Find them in the Catalogue Room; borrow them from the Entrance Desk.
  • Mindfulness colouring booklet: a selection of ten images from the Wren Library collection, that can be printed out by asking staff at the Entrance Desk. Alternatively, you can download images 1-5 and images 6-10.


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