Trinity College Library is the largest of the Cambridge college libraries with a total book stock of some 300,000 volumes. The modern College Library serves the needs of members of the College, particularly students of undergraduate taught courses. In addition to its undergraduate collections, the Library has significant rare books and manuscript collections and also houses the College archive.
The Library is open to all members of Trinity College. It consists of the student library (Reading Room and Lower Library), the Law Reading Room and the historic Wren Library. Academic readers may consult the special collections by prior appointment.
The Wren Library is currently closed to general members of the public.
College Library (Reading Room and Lower Library)
In Michaelmas Term, the Library will be open to Trinity students and members
Monday-Friday from 8am to 1am; Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1am.
Law Reading Room
Monday – Sunday 24 hours
Members of the public
The Wren Library is closed to the public until further notice.
Members of College
The Library is open Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.00pm. Members of College may visit the Wren during opening hours. If you wish to make an appointment to consult an item please email [email protected], or ask at the Enquiry Desk.
All parts of the Library are normally closed on Christmas Eve and the four following days: New Year’s Day Bank Holiday, Good Friday to Easter Monday, and August Bank Holiday.
Contact the Library
Trinity College Library Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Please give a full postal address and telephone number when contacting us by email.
- Enquiries relating to the Library’s rare books and manuscript collections should be sent to: [email protected]
- Enquiries relating to the College archive or modern manuscript collections should be sent to: [email protected]
- Enquiries relating to the College library should be sent to: [email protected]
There is a live chat service available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You will need to access Moodle in order to use it.
Where to find us
The Library is located in Trinity College, Cambridge. General Visitors should enter the College via either Great Gate, Garret Hostel Lane or the Avenue. Access is via F Nevile’s Court. The separate Law Reading Room is in F Bishop’s Hostel.
There is one step down to ground floor and a ramp is available. The Lower Library is carpeted and smooth, but with narrow aisles. The Reading Room is up a flight of stairs with handrails. The Library is always staffed when open, and staff will fetch books if needed. Library guides and notices are large, and printed on cream paper. Only one desk with extra lighting, in the Lower Library.
Steps with handrail down to the basement.
The Wren Library is up a wide flight of stairs with a handrail. There is no lift. It is spacious but the floor is tiled and uneven in places. Magnifying glasses are available.
For any special requirements, please contact the Sub-Librarian. For more guidance on access and assistance that can be offered by the College, please see the University’s Disability Resource Centre website.