The Haddon Library

[The Canonical
The Canonical Stack—book sculpture by
Christopher Evans and Issam Kourbaj (photograph, David Webb). The sculpture was an arrangement of books, mainly from the Haddon Library, and was photographed in situ there on 8 March 2008. All the books are now back in their normal use.

The Haddon Library serves the staff, research students and undergraduates of the University, together with members of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Staff and students of other Universities are welcome to read here, on production of evidence of academic bona fides. Other visitors should enquire in advance.

The Haddon Library Donation Button

You can donate to the Haddon Library online. Or, if you prefer, read the library's appeal and then donate online. Start by clicking the 'Give Online' button above. Thanks!

News and Events

Easter vacation

The Haddon’s vacation opening hours are Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00.

We shall be closed all day at weekends. We shall be closed from Good Friday, 14 April, to Easter Monday, 17 April, inclusive — in other words, we shut at 17:00 on Thursday 13 April and re-open at 09:00 on Tuesday 18 April.

We might, during the vacation, need to close at other times for days, half-days, and lunch hours. But we’ll give due notice of such additional closures, if we have to make them.


Term-time borrowing rules come back into force.


Exam term begins. If any restricted-access loans have been extended for the vac, they’ll be due back on this day.


Books borrowed on vacation loan should be returned to the Haddon.

Haddon Library closure Thursday 13:45

For the surveying in preparation for the electrical works later in the year, the Haddon Library will close at 13:45 on Thursday 23 March.

We might be able to re-open after ca 15:00, but we don’t guarantee it. Check by phone 01223 333506 or email haddon-library [at]