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.

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

Holiday closure

The Haddon Library will close at 16:00 on Friday 18 December for the holiday season and reopen at 10:00 on Tuesday 5 January. We wish you a happy break.

Michaelmas Term 2020

Michaelmas Term begins on Tuesday 6 October. The Haddon Library will be staffed Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00. Please wear a mask, keep 2 metres apart, follow the 1-way system and keep left on the stairs. We are initially offering the following services to all staff and students:

1. Book return. You can drop off books for return at the library issue desk on the first floor. If there is already a library user at the desk, please wait until they have left.

2. Click and collect. Email with details of the book(s) you want to borrow. You can then collect the book(s) from the issue desk when we are open.

3. Scan and deliver. Visit to request a scan to be made of a chapter or article from any item held in the University to be delivered to your email address.

4. Book a seat. From Monday 30 November onwards, all seat bookings at the Haddon Library will be made using LibCal. Please go to to book your seat. Hope to see you soon!