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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.

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Wednesday 9 August 2023

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Vacation opening hours

Monday – Friday only (closed weekends)

9:00am – 5:00pm

However, some days may have shorter opening hours depending on staff availability.

The Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 18 August until 9am on Monday 4 September.

If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, it would be worth contacting us in advance —
tel. 01223 338970 or email

Study rooms on Hyphen corridor (D33, D34 and 35)

  • Room D33 & D35 are available for booking throughout the summer, including while the Library is closed.
  • D34 will be closed from Friday 23 June until Sunday 3 September

The group study rooms all need to be booked prior to use. Please note that when you place a booking, you are booking the whole room.

Study rooms on Chapel Wing (Middle Chapel Study Room and Top Chapel Study Room)

  • There are four seats available: two in the study room on the middle floor of Chapel Wing and two in the study room on the top floor. Please note which room you are booking, as well as the times you have booked.
  • You may book for a maximum of two consecutive sessions. You do not need to vacate for the 15 minutes between the two sessions.
  • Within each room, whoever arrives first can pick which seat they want.
  • You are encouraged to wipe down all shared equipment before and after use.
  • At the end of your booked session, please open the window so that the room can ventilate before the next session.
  • As Chapel Wing is a residential corridor, these rooms are not available for use between midnight and 8.15am.

Seats in the Chapel Wing study rooms all need to be booked prior to use. Please note that when you place a booking, you are booking one seat.

Please note:

  • Each room has slightly different opening hours. Please pick the one that suits your needs and use the confirmation emails to remind yourself of which one you've booked. If you're not sure what you've booked, please email and we can check for you.
  • We have installed CO2 monitors in these rooms. Please follow the instructions if the monitors turn amber or red, and open more windows to increase the ventilation.

Please note anyone who is not a current member of Girton College is asked to make an appointment before visiting (please, email



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