The Haddon Library

Michaelmas Term 2017
Friday, 29th September, 2017

Welcome to Cambridge!  Or welcome back.

The Haddon Library’s opening hours from Tuesday 3 October are these:

Monday to Thursday 08:45–17:15

Friday 09:15-17:15

Saturday 11:00-16:00

(Closed Sunday)

(Up to Mon 2 October inclusive we’re on vacation hours.  See our opening hours information.)

Cambridge has plenty of other libraries you might find helpful – the college libraries, the faculty and departmental libraries, the central Cambridge University Library (always called the UL).  See the Cambridge Libraries Gateway.  Libguides shows resources available in particular subject areas, and Spacefinder shows spaces where you might want to work, in libraries, museums, common rooms, coffee shops, pubs &c.  A basic rule of thumb is this:

* college libraries are for college members only

* faculty and departmental libraries admit most Cambridge University members, but have a variety of regulations and opening hours

* the UL admits all members of the University.  Undergraduates may borrow there — five items at one time, with a loan period of two weeks.

Try the University’s electronic books as well.

Most of those libraries are catalogued online.  Help in the use of that catalogue, including how to restrict your search to particular libraries, is on Libguides.

If these web pages don’t take you to what you’re looking for, ask a member of the Haddon team.  Ring 01223 333505 or email haddon-library [at] .

Tuesday, 8th March, 2016

Check out for answers to any Cambridge library questions you have.

“What if I’m not in Cambridge and want to use library resources?”

“The book I want isn’t in Cambridge.  How do I access it?”

“How do I renew my books?”

are recent additions, and you can type in questions of your own as well.

Vacation borrowing starts Monday 7 March
Friday, 4th March, 2016

A return date of Friday 22 April will apply to anything you borrow then — from Monday 7 March for most of the vacation.

Once vacation borrowing starts, you will be able to renew your existing loans, in most cases, for the whole of the vac.

If you want a book for the vacation and someone else has it out, you can recall it; online up to Sunday 6 March, or by asking us of the Haddon team after vacation borrowing has started.  Note that you can’t expect recalled books to come back quite so fast once people start to leave Cambridge.

Pitt Rivers’ germs
Friday, 12th February, 2016

See for the script of our 2015 Alumni Festival presentation!

Use Newton when LibrarySearch crashes
Thursday, 28th January, 2016

Newton is older and clunkier and doesn’t let you search all the libraries at one go — but sometimes Newton stays up better than LibrarySearch, and you might find you prefer it.

If you’re in LibrarySearch and want to slip over to Newton, you’ll see the word ‘Newton’ among those options shown in the black line at the top of the screen. Click on ‘Newton’ and you’ll be taken straight there.

Lent Term opening hours
Monday, 11th January, 2016

Monday to Thursday 08:45–17:15
Friday 09:15-17:15
Saturday 11:00-16:00

The term begins on Tuesday 12 January.

Haddon books borrowed during the vacation are due for return on Friday 15 January.  You can renew the loans at .

We’ll keep lost property to the end of the following month
Thursday, 17th December, 2015

We’ll dispose of things found in the Haddon that are not claimed, or traceable to owners, at the end of the calendar month following the discovery (with the legal fiction that the Long Vac amounts to a calendar month).

At the moment, we have one item of unclaimed property: a keyring with two keys, marked “9th ICAANE”. Is it yours?

Vacation opening hours
Monday, 30th November, 2015

Monday-Thursday, 09:00-17:00; Friday 09:15-17:00; closed all day at weekends. That pattern applies from Saturday 5 December to Monday 11 January 2016 inclusive.

We shall be closed from Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December, to Friday 1 January inclusive. In other words, we shut 17:00 on Wednesday 23 December and re-open 09:00 on Monday 4 January.

Additionally, we shall be closed all day on Thursday 7 January.

During the vacation, we shall close for lunch 13:00-14:00 on the following days:

Mon-Weds 21-23 December

Mon-Fri 4-8 January

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

Vacation loans started on Monday 30 November. Books borrowed for the vacation are due for return on Friday 15 January. For loan entitlements, see .


Term-time borrowing rules come back into force.


Lent term begins.


Vacation loans are due for return.

Lost property
Friday, 20th November, 2015

We’re tidying up how we deal with lost property in the Haddon.

Tom and Simon spent a bit of time sorting and listing what’s built up here.  If you think it might include anything of yours, then please come and claim your own — but do that before the end of term. After 4 December we’ll get rid of the whole lot.

From 7 December, we’ll have some new arrangements for lost property. Watch this space.

Open Access in our Useful Links page
Thursday, 19th November, 2015

Check out our Useful Links page for a new category — advice on open access and open data as requirements of research publication.  Here are two things it’s got so far: