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Using the Library

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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.

Watch these videos to find out more:

  • Using the library (with audio) -  an introduction to our services and facilities (you can also see it on this page by hovering over the image on the left)

Print resources

Our collections primarily support taught courses taken by our students. However, do get in touch if you are a researcher and we may be able to purchase books that will aid your research. We also have collections on study skills, wellbeing and travel. If you are not sure how to find a book in the Library read our page on Finding Books or watch this video:

Request and Collect

Rather than browse the shelves, you can use Request and Collect. Please fill in the online form to request up to 5 books at a time and we will fetch them for you. They will be available for collection on the following working day from the table in the foyer. Books will be checked out to your account. Please bring a bag if you order several large texts. 

Day request placed online Day available for collection
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Suggest a Book Purchase

Library users are welcome and encouraged to make suggestions for new book purchases for the 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.

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)

Other study spaces in College

If the spaces in the Library are full, you have lots other options for study in college. You can see the full range on the Facilities Update page, but they include:
•    Club Room
•    Karen Spärck Jones Room
•    Old Combination Room
•    West Court Marquee
•    East Court Marquee
•    Seminar Room (bookable)
•    Roger Needham Room (bookable)
•    Gatsby Room (bookable)
•    Syndicate Rooms 1 - 4 (bookable)
•    Syndicate Rooms 5 & 6 (bookable)