The Lee Library is about community




Wolfson Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the vacation. Wolfson members are welcome to study, browse the collection and borrow.

**Please note that iDiscover will be unavailable between 23:00 on 08/01/22 and 09:00 on 09/01/22. You will also be unable to use the self-issue machine. If you wish to borrow during this time, please fill in a green form and put it under the Librarian’s door. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

COVID Restrictions

Face coverings

We expect everyone to wear masks in all communal areas in College and when moving through corridors and across communal rooms. You must, therefore, wear a mask when seated in the Library.

Social spaces

Maintain social distancing of 1m+, do not move furniture nor enter if rooms are crowded.


Ensure shared spaces are well ventilated. We are leaving windows open for your safety. It may be cooler in here than normal so please bring an extra layer. Please do not close windows.


If you are resident in Cambridge, you can borrow from Wolfson Library. Alternatively, you can use Wolfson's Request and Collect for up to 5 books per day to be checked out to your account. You, or a nominated individual, can collect these from the Library. If the book you require is on loan to someone else, please see if there is an e-copy available or Request it (you need to be logged in to iDiscover to do this). If you need a small section of the book, use the Scan and Deliver service, run by the University Library. 

If you are not resident in Cambridge, please check our extensive range of resources either by title in iDiscover or by browsing the A-Z database listing. There is a really useful e-books LibGuide if you need further support with them, or get in touch if you have any questions.

Returning books

The Wolfson book returns box is in the Reading Room. For non-Wolfson books, please return to the relevant library or use the book-drop boxes in front of the University Library or on the Sidgwick site (near the English Faculty and Lady Margaret Hall).

In quarantine or self-isolation?

The Wolfson library has services to help you through your quarantine period including book delivery and loans of jigsaw puzzles (we also have a number of online jigsaw puzzles too). Please see the guidance for students who must quarantine for more details.



The Building and its benefactor

The Lee Seng Tee Library was opened in 1994, a gift from Mr Lee Seng Tee of Singapore, a major benefactor of the College. It was designed by architects Brewer, Smith and Brewer, and particular objects of interest on each floor include:

  • On the ground floor foyer a scale model of the armillary sphere on the roof of the Peking Observatory
  • In the basement a bookbinder's press with a distinctive triskelion lever, in use at a Cambridge bookbindery until 1982
  • On the first floor, a bust of Tan Sri Dr Lee Kong Chian, father of the benefactor.

The Sir David Williams Room (SDWR) is a study space on the ground floor of the Library named in honour of the College's former President, the late Sir David Williams (Wolfson President, 1980-1993).

The Gordon Johnson Room (GJR), opposite the SDWR on the ground floor of the Library, houses the College's computers on the University MCS network. Dr Johnson was Wolfson President from 1993-2010.

Over the years, donations have helped the Library acquire essential books and journals to support our students' education. You can join our community of supporters by making a gift to the Library through our Annual Giving Campaign - on the donation form, please choose 'Other' and specify 'Library'. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with our Development Office.

What's on

Typewrite with the text Write Something typed on a sheet of paper.

Write Here,Write Now at Wolfson

24/01/2022 at 15.00

Start your week by scheduling some structured writing time with other Wolfson students.

Typewrite with the text Write Something typed on a sheet of paper.

Write Here,Write Now at Wolfson

28/01/2022 at 15.00

Start your week by scheduling some structured writing time with other Wolfson students.