The Haddon Library

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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.

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News and Events

New carpet tiles in the Haddon

Over the Christmas break, the Haddon’s main reading room will have some new carpet tiles put in.

We shan’t have to close the library for this. But while the work is going on, the library will be noisy, and parts of it will be inaccessible. So why not borrow books from us before the work starts? A good way to find other places to work is Spacefinder.

The work will begin on Thursday 8 December, and is expected to last a week.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Vacation opening hours

Monday-Thursday, 09:00-17:00; Friday 09:15-17:00; closed all day at weekends.

That pattern applies from Saturday 3 December to Monday 16 January 2017 inclusive.

We shall be closed from Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December, to Monday 2 January inclusive. In other words, we shut 17:00 on Friday 23 December and re-open 09:00 on Tuesday 3 January.

We might, during the vacation, need to close for days, half-days, and lunch hours. We’ll give due notice if that has to be so.

Vacation loans started on Monday 28 November. Books borrowed for the vacation are due for return on Friday 20 January. For loan entitlements, see .


Term-time borrowing rules come back into force.


Lent term begins.


Vacation loans are due for return.