Rosemary Murray Library: Introduction
Our library holdings are available on LibrarySearch via the Cambridge Libraries Gateway. The Newton Catalogue is also still available. Guides are available for using both the LibrarySearch platform and the Newton Catalogue. Please note that you will need to check our Library Catalogue to see book availability.
See also: University Library website
The Rosemary Murray Library has an excellent working collection of 65,000 books, videos and DVDs related to undergraduate courses, housed on four floors in a striking vaulted building designed by the architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, with a grand central staircase to two mezzanine galleries.
It is open to College members 24 hours a day, and is a popular place to study. There are nearly a hundred readers' places, most with an attractive outlook on to Fountain Court or the lawns and trees on the other side of the building. The Rawson Reading Area over looking the Rosemary Murray Garden provides comfortable seating for reading in a more relaxed atmosphere, and there is a separate Law Reading Room. The IT Resource Centre adjoins the Library, and has twenty computers, including a MAC, connected to the University's public workstation facility (PWF). A further computer is located in the Law Reading Room.
Several computers in the Library may be used for consulting the Library's internal catalogue and for information services elsewhere, such as LibrarySearch, the Newton Catalogue and electronic resources.
Thanks to generous donations and bequests the Library has an unusually wide coverage in many sections including French, Spanish, Classics and Ancient History (The Rawson Collection). A special feature is the Women's Collection, which started with the gift of the library of the National Union of Women Teachers and is continuously enlarged by donations and purchases.
For details of the scope of the Library, see our Collection Policy.
Visitors are received in accordance with our Admission Policy, by appointment only.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further enquiries.