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The Lee Library is so much more than books

Access & Hours

The Lee Seng Tee Library (Lee Library) is open to all current students, fellows and staff of Wolfson College, as well as Visiting Fellows and Scholars.

The building is open 24 hours a day all year with the exception of 25/26 December and 1 January (with early closing on 24 December and 31 December).

Access to the main rooms is controlled by your University Card.

Online Resources

As a Wolfson student, you have access to the University of Cambridge’s extensive range of books, journals and online databases. Many of these resources are accessed via iDiscover, however, some are only listed and accessed via the portals listed below. Our librarians are here to help you make the most of this wealth of material.

Use these Cambridge library portals to find:

  • Everything (including books, ebooks, journals, articles, news, reports)
  • Books (including books, ebooks, and journals)
  • Article Databases (including scholarly articles, news, reports)
  • Journals (search for a particular journal title in print and electronic format)

Request a Book Purchase

Library users are welcome and encouraged to make suggestions for new book purchases for the Lee Library at any time. All suggestions are considered carefully by the Librarian in the context of the Lee Library Collection Development Policy and current purchasing priorities and in consultation with the relevant Director of Studies for the subject area where necessary. The Lee Library does not usually buy specialist research material, and consideration may be given to the likely number of users and the longevity of a title when deciding whether to make a purchase.

We source most of our books from a specialist library supplier and orders usually take around one to two weeks to arrive. Urgent orders can sometimes by satisfied more quickly (i.e. you should not be discouraged from making a suggestion because you think the books will take too long to come), but this cannot always by guaranteed. Please try to think ahead and suggest any titles you know you will need for a certain date in good time.

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The Building and Its Benefactor

The Lee SengTee Library (Lee 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 honourof 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.

The basement of the building contains bathrooms and the College Archives.

What's on

Skills for Academic Success: A Fast Introduction to Probability II

22/11/2018 at 18.00
Person taking notes on probability

This class is intended to review some basic definitions and results in Probability, which can be useful to understand some applications of Probability in social sciences, engineering and physics, such as statistics or random process (e.g. Brownian motions) among others. The aim of the course is to give a fast account of the elementary mathematical theory of probability for a general audience, on the basis of the book "Probability, An Introduction", by G Gimmett and D Welsh. If time allows we could discuss some relevant examples and exercises. The class is divided into two parts:

Skills for Academic Success: Speed Reading

29/11/2018 at 17.00
Person sitting cross legged with a book

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of reading you have to do? Take this practical workshop to learn how to deal with huge amounts of information quickly and effectively. The hands-on session will explore the idea of speed reading - a technique that’s not just about reading fast, but also includes methods to reduce the number of resources that you need to read in detail.  Please note that this is a repeat of the workshop taking place on Saturday 17 November.