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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

All items on loan to students are due back by 11pm on Friday 27 November.  

The only exceptions to this are:

  • If we have previously agreed a later date with you
  • If you are in self-isolation — if you are, please tell us as soon as possible by emailing
  • If you need items for work due after that date — if you do, please email to make a special arrangement

*** There will be no borrowing via "click & collect" between Friday 27 November and Tuesday 1 December. Any online forms submitted between these dates will be disregarded.  If you need to make a special arrangement to borrow between these dates, please email ***

Vacation borrowing starts at 9am on Tuesday 1 December by "click & collect" only.

Please use the form at
You can submit ONE request from 9am for no more than 5 items. 

If you wish to borrow more than 5 items, you can borrow the additional items from Wednesday 2 December onwards, either by further "click & collect" requests or by booking to come into the Library.

Please pay close attention to emails containing collection information, as locations and times might vary.  If you are in self-isolation and need to nominate someone else to collect on your behalf, please make sure you forward the collection information to them.

*** The Library will be CLOSED on Tuesday 1 December to allow the Library staff to deal with all your requests.

Vacation borrowing continues from Wednesday 2 December onwards.

You can either book to come into the Library or submit "click & collect" requests.

You may borrow up to 10 items for the vacation. 

*** No vacation borrowing is permitted until all Full Term loans are returned via the drop boxes. ***

Students' vacation loans will be due back by 11pm on Wednesday 20 January 2021. 

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