Trinity is the largest of the Cambridge college libraries. We aim to stock all the books required for undergraduate courses and a wide range of works 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 online recommendation form and we will seek approval from your Director of Studies before purchasing. Additionally, the Library subscribes to about 180 periodicals, which can be searched on the catalogue under “Serials”.
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.
There is a small collection of DVDs in the Lower Library, with additional items stored behind the Issue Desk. 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:
- Films may be borrowed on a short-term basis by registered Library users for their own individual private study and non-commercial research.
- 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.
- Films may not be shown to the general public.
- 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) kept in the Catalogue Room. These can be borrowed by members of College.
- DVD drives: The library has four external (USB) DVD drives available to borrow for a two week loan in order to help those whose devices come without DVD drives make use of our Audio-Visual collections. Ask at Issue Desk to borrow one.
- 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 Issue 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 Issue Desk for details.
- Book Rests: There are a number of wooden book rests available to borrow from Issue Desk for use in the library on a short term, one day loan.
- Naxos Music Library: While the Library does not provide direct access to this service, anyone with a University card can obtain access via the Pendlebury Library, West Road. Apply in person at the Pendlebury Library issue desk and you will be issued with a password, which changes each academic year.
College library catalogues
Trinity College Library catalogue: The online public access catalogue (OPAC) includes entries for all books, journals and audio-visual materials in the college’s modern working collections, and all of our older printed material. This can be searched using the search bar to the left of this page.
iDiscover: All books are also entered in iDiscover, the search and discovery service for the libraries of the University. However, iDiscover does not provide location information or current status of Trinity’s collections so we recommend using both when looking for a specific resource.
See other library catalogues and external repositories on our external links page.