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Library & Archive

Girton has one of the largest and most comprehensive College libraries in the University, holding in the region of 95,000 books

The 1930s building of the Library, with its awe-inspiring vaulted timber ceiling, was complemented in 2005 by a multi-award winning extension. This created a spacious IT resources area and a state-of-the-art repository to house the Archive and the Special Collections. These collections range from rare Sanskrit manuscripts to gifts of books from Girton’s most notable early supporters such as Tennyson, Ruskin and George Eliot. There are extensive and internationally important collections on the history of women and work, the suffrage movement, and women’s education, as well as an extensive archive of the College’s ground-breaking history.

Library News

Friday 14 January 2022: Girton College Library: Lent Term 2022

Happy New Year to you all!

Girton College Library will be continuing with a combination of in-person and zero-contact services. These will be reviewed regularly.

From Saturday 15 January until Sunday 20 March the Library is open to current members of the College at the following times:

Morning session 9am-12:30noon

Afternoon session 1:30pm-5pm

Evening session 6pm-11pm

If you are not a current member of College, please email library@girton.cam.ac.uk to discuss making an appointment to visit the Library. Current members of College should book to use the Library during these timed sessions via https://calendars.libraries.cam.ac.uk/reserve/Girton. You may select a study space or a computer or you can just browse the shelves. You can book for a session that has already started and you don't have to stay for the whole session — you may enter or leave at any point during the timed session. We regret that it is not currently possible to "pop in" without booking but we will keep this under review during Lent Term.

Please note:

  • Face coverings must be worn the entire time while in the Library (unless exempt). Following new Government guidance on 29 November 2021, we regret that you can no longer remove your face covering while seated or studying.
  • If you are using a Library computer or other equipment, it is your responsibility to sanitise it before and after use.
  • You must maintain at least 1m social distance while in the Library, wherever possible, and if you queue to enter.
  • You can cancel your booked sessions at any time, e.g., if you subsequently need to self-isolate.

Borrowing from the Library

Students may borrow up to 10 items from the College Library (any combination of books or DVDs) for a standard loan period of 7 days.

If you are booked to use the Library, please bring the items you wish to borrow to the issue desk, with your University card.

Alternatively, you may use our "click & collect" service by filling in the request form at https://girtoncollege.wufoo.com/forms/click-collect-request/. We aim to fulfill requests within three working days. Collection is from the Porters' Lodges. If you are in self-isolation/quarantine, you may nominate someone else to collect on your behalf.

If there is a book that we don't hold in the Library but you think we should, please fill in our purchase recommendation form at https://girtoncollege.wufoo.com/forms/library-purchase-recommendation/.

Zero contact services

For help finding or using online resources, please email library@girton.cam.ac.uk. You can also book one-to-one sessions with us on topics such as reference management.

To borrow print items from Girton College Library without coming into the Library, please fill in the request form at https://girtoncollege.wufoo.com/forms/click-collect-request/.

We are participating in the UL's "scan & deliver" service: see https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/using-library/zero-contact-services/scan-deliver.

Please do not email us directly to ask for scans from print items held by Girton but instead use this centralized service. Note that it does not include items held by Girton College Archive or any of the Library's special collections.

 

Using the Hyphen study rooms

Study rooms D33, D34, D35 (on the Hyphen corridor, between the Library and the Chapel) are group study rooms.

D33 and D35 both contain an interactive white board and are suitable for up to 2 people at a time.

D34 contains a small collection of books on general topics and is suitable for up to 3 people at a time.

The rooms can be booked for use at the following times:
Daily from Tuesday 4 January 2022 (subject to COVID requirements)

D33

  D34   D35

 8am–12noon  

   9am–1pm    10am–2pm

 1pm–5pm

   2pm–6pm    3pm–7pm

 6pm–10pm

   7pm–11pm    8pm–12midnight   

 11pm–6am

 

 12midnight–6am 

   1am–6am

Current members of College MUST book to use the study rooms during these timed sessions. We regret that it is not currently possible to make the timings more flexible but we will keep this under review.

If you are not a current member of College, please email the Conference Office at conferences@girton.cam.ac.uk if you wish to book a room.

Please note:

  • These rooms are available for study only. If you wish to book a room for other purposes, please contact the Conference Office.
  • Face-coverings should be worn while in the study rooms (unless exempt).
  • These rooms are available on a "sanitise it yourself" basis. Before leaving, please make sure that you sanitise everything you have touched, using the wipes that have been provided, and leave the window open.
  • If you are using library materials such as books, please make sure that you wash or sanitise your hands every 30 minutes. If you are using the interactive whiteboard or other equipment, it is your responsibility to disinfect it after use.
  • You can cancel your booked sessions at any time, e.g. if you subsequently need to self-isolate.

 

Top Chapel Study Room — new for Lent and Easter Terms 2022

Top Chapel Study Room (formerly F-corridor computer room) contains 5 individual spaces for quiet study only.

It can be booked for use at the following times:

Top Chapel Study Room

 9am–2pm

 3pm–7pm

 8pm–12midnight

 Closed overnight

Current members of College MUST book to use the Top Chapel Study Room during these times. We regret that it is not currently possible to make the timings more flexible but we will keep this under review.

If you are not a current member of College, please email the Conference Office at conferences@girton.cam.ac.uk if you wish to book a room.

Please note:

  • This room is available for quiet individual study only. If you wish to book a room for collaborative work, please book a Hyphen study room instead. If you wish to book a room for other purposes, please contact the Conference Office.
  • Face-coverings should be worn while in Top Chapel Study Room (unless exempt).
  • This room is available on a "sanitise it yourself" basis. Before leaving, please make sure that you sanitise everything you have touched, using the wipes that have been provided, and leave the window open.
  • This room is on a residential corridor. If anyone living along the corridor tests positive for COVID-19, the room will be closed for the length of their self-isolation and bookings cancelled.
  • You can cancel your booked sessions at any time, e.g. if you subsequently need to self-isolate.

 


 

Monday 6 December 2021: change to Library opening times this month

We regret that, due to staff absence, we shall need to close the Library half an hour early each afternoon, beginning Wednesday this week.

This means that our opening hours from Wednesday 8 December to Tuesday 21 December will be:

  • 9am until 12.30pm (weekdays only)
  • 1.30pm until 4.30pm (weekdays only)
  • Closed evenings and weekends

Please continue to book to use the Library via https://calendars.libraries.cam.ac.uk/reserve/Girton. You can book either in advance or at the point of entry but you do need to book (even if don’t plan to be in for very long). Following the change in regulations last week, you must now wear a face-covering throughout your time in the Library, unless exempt. If there are items that you are planning to borrow from the Library before it closes for Christmas, you are strongly recommended not to leave it until the last minute in case we need to make any last-minute changes to opening hours. Please aim to place any click & collect requests by Friday 17 December. If you are in self-isolation, you may nominate someone else to collect on your behalf.

The study room opening hours remain as announced on 26 November:

D33 D34 D35
8am–12noon 9am–1pm 10am–2pm
1pm–5pm 2pm–6pm 3pm–7pm
6pm–10pm 7pm–11pm 8pm–12midnight
11pm–6am 12midnight–6am 1am–6am

Please continue to book to use the Hyphen study rooms via https://calendars.libraries.cam.ac.uk/calendar/girton. You can book either in advance or at the point of entry but you do need to book. If you are using a study room, please vacate the room promptly at the end of your booked session and leave the window open so that it can ventilate before the next booked session. If you have queries about the Hyphen study rooms, please contact the Library.

Both the Library and the Hyphen study rooms will close after Tuesday 21 December and are expected to re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2022 (subject to any COVID-19 restrictions). If you are looking for study space in other libraries, the nearest library is the Moore Library. You can find its opening hours at https://moore.libraries.cam.ac.uk/opening-hours-0. Please note that its expected date of re-opening in the New Year is now also Tuesday 4 January and not Monday 3 January as previously announced.

Please do get in touch if you have any queries.

 


 

Monday 29 November 2021: revised guidance on face-coverings

 

In line with other libraries within the University, face-coverings should now be worn for the entire time you are in the Library (unless exempt). This includes while seated and studying.

 

Thank you.

 


 

Wednesday 24 November 2021: Girton College Library End of Michaelmas Term and Vacation arrangements.

All items on loan from Girton College Library are due to be returned by 11pm on Monday 29 November, except:

  • If we have already agreed a later date with you.
  • If you have a supervision or work due later that week — if you are, please email library@girton.cam.ac.uk as soon as possible to agree a new date with us for the return of your loans.
  • If you are in self-isolation or quarantine — if you are, please tell us as soon as possible by emailing library@girton.cam.ac.uk.
  • If you are a member of staff or Fellow — if you are, we will be in touch separately.

There will be no borrowing via "click & collect" between Friday 26 November and Wednesday 1 December (until 1.30pm). Any online forms submitted between these dates will be disregarded. Please email library@girton.cam.ac.uk to make a special arrangement. You can continue to borrow in the Library between these dates.

Vacation borrowing starts on Wednesday 1 December.

You may borrow up to 10 items for the vacation. No vacation borrowing is permitted until all term loans have been returned.

From 1:30pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021 you can borrow via "click & collect". Please pay close attention to emails containing collection information. If you need to nominate someone else to collect on your behalf, please make sure you forward the collection information to them.

From 1:30pm on Wednesday 1 December, you can borrow in-person in the Library. Please book a seat or a browsing session in the usual way.

Please note that there is no borrowing from the study rooms.

Anything borrowed for or during the vacation will due back by 11pm on Wednesday 19 January 2022.

Library’s Vacation opening hours:

  • Open for booked morning (9.00am–12.30noon), afternoon (1.30pm–5pm) and evening (6.30pm–11pm) sessions until Sunday 5 December.
  • From Monday 6 December, open for a pre-booked morning (9.00am–12.30noon) and afternoon (1.30pm–5.00pm) sessions, weekdays only.

Current members of College should book to use the Library during these timed sessions.

However, the Library will be closed completely for the period beginning Wednesday 22 December 2021 until Monday 4 January 2022.

It may also be necessary to close at other times, possibly at short notice. Please be guided by the booking software. If in any doubt, please phone 01223 338970.

Hyphen study rooms (D33, D34, D35):

Please note that the opening hours for the study rooms will change from Monday 29 November, as follows:

Daily from Monday 29 November to Tuesday 21 December (subject to COVID requirements)

D33 D34 D35
8am–12noon 9am–1pm 10am–2pm
1pm–5pm 2pm–6pm 3pm–7pm
6pm–10pm 7pm–11pm 8pm–12midnight
11pm–6am 12midnight–6am 1am–6am

Current members of College should book to use the study rooms during these timed sessions.

Thank you.

 


 

Thursday 7 October 2021: Library FAQs

Do I have to book to use the Library? Can I pop into the Library without booking?

We regret that for the time being, you need to book to use the Library.  If you are a someone who likes to plan in advance, you can book in advance.  If you prefer to be more spontaneous, you can book at the point of entry. The booking software can be found at https://calendars.libraries.cam.ac.uk/reserve/Girton and there is also a QR code on the door itself.

In order to enable everyone to maintain a degree of social distancing within the Library, we need control over the numbers of people using the Library at any one time. However, the requirement to book will be reviewed regularly during Michaelmas Term.

What are your opening hours?

We are open as follows, 7 days a week:

  • 9am–12.30pm
  • 1.30pm–5pm
  • 6pm–11pm

We are not open between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, and between 5pm and 6pm, so that purge ventilation can take place. When you book to use the Library, you will be booking for a timed session that matches those opening hours. However, you do not have to be in the Library for the whole of the timed session; you may enter or leave at any point during the timed session.

These opening hours will be reviewed regularly during Michaelmas Term.

How do I borrow books from the Library?

If you are booked to use the Library (whether that’s for browsing only, or you’ve booked a study space or a computer), you take the books you wish to borrow to the main desk, along with your University Card. A member of Library staff will issue the books to you.

Alternatively, you can use our "click & collect" service, and collect your loans from the Porters' Lodge. If you are in self-isolation or quarantine, please nominate someone to collect your books for you.

Undergraduates are all able to borrow immediately from Girton College Library. If you are a new postgraduate, please let us know if you would like to borrow.

More information about borrowing can be found on the Library’s webpage.

How do I find out which libraries have the items on my reading list?

You can use the iDiscover catalogue to find out which libraries hold print copies and what’s available electronically. There is lots of information about the iDiscover catalogue at https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/idiscover.

If you know you are looking for a printed book in Girton College Library, you can search our very own catalogue. You can find help about using this at https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/e-guides/searching-for-books.

How can I print?

You can:

Whichever option you use, you will need to make sure you have enough printer credit: https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/printing/my-ds-print.

You can find more information about computing at Girton on the Moodle page: Girton College IT information for students.

I am vulnerable: where do you recommend I study?

We have tried to make Girton College Library as safe as we can, while not placing too many restrictions on its use. We are still expecting everyone to wear a face-covering while moving around the Library, unless exempt, and we are enabling social distancing of at least 1m. Every table is clearly marked with a recommended maximum capacity of either 1 or 2 people. If you would prefer more space, please use the booking software to select to use “Upper Library: study space in side room”. However, you will need to walk through the Library to reach this space.

Alternatively, you may prefer to book one of the study rooms along Hyphen corridor to use for solo study. These use a different version of the booking software, which can be found at https://calendars.libraries.cam.ac.uk/calendar/girton. When you book a study room, you can specify whether you are booking just for yourself or on behalf of a group.

If you have any questions, please do email library@girton.cam.ac.uk. There will also be weekly “Ask a Librarian” sessions on Zoom.  You can also find full information about the Library & Archive at https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/library-archive.

 


 

Tuesday 18 May 2021

We are please to announce that researchers can now make appointments to use Girton College Archive: please see the full information at https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/about-girton/library-archive/archive-special-collections#archive-re-opening.

 


 

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