General Information

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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 College Library (Reading Room and Lower Library), the Law Reading Room and the historic Wren Library . Members of the public may visit the Wren Library during public opening times and academic readers may consult the special collections by prior appointment.

Opening Hours

Wren Library

Open to Readers

Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.00pm

Open to the Public

Monday – Friday 12 noon – 2.00pm (last admission 1.50pm)

Saturday (During full term) 10.30am – 12.30pm (last admission 12.20pm)

Members of College may visit the Wren Library with up to five guests at any time when it is open. Please identify yourself at the Enquiry Desk at the entrance to the Wren.

College Library (Reading Room and Lower Library)

Michaelmas, Lent and Easter Terms

Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 1.00 am

Saturday – Sunday 9.00am – 1.00am


Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 8.00 pm

Saturday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Sunday closed

Law Reading Room

Monday – Sunday 24 hours

Library Closures

All parts of the Library are closed on Christmas Eve and the four following days, New Year’s Day Bank Holiday, Good Friday to Easter Monday and August Bank Holiday

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.


College Library

One step down to ground floor. Temporary ramp available. 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. Magnifying glasses are available. Library guides and notices are large, and printed on cream paper. No extra lighting on desks.

Steps with handrail down to the basement.

Wren Library

Up a wide flight of stairs with a handrail. No lift. Spacious but in places uneven, tiled floors.

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.


Contact the Library


Trinity College Library Cambridge CB2 1TQ


(01223) 338488


Please give a full postal address and telephone number when contacting us by email.

Enquiries relating to the student library should be sent to: