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Corpus Christi College University of Cambridge

The Taylor Library

The Taylor Library aims to provide core materials for all undergraduate courses taught at Corpus, but is also open to all members of the College, including postgraduates.

The Taylor Library was completed in February 2008. Open, modern, and spacious, it provides a private working area over three floors. It is set in the secluded Kwee Court, away from the rest of the college, and has around a hundred study places. The Library complex includes the Girdlers’ Room, available for seminars and group work, and a state-of-the-art media room. A computer suite is also attached, which includes facilities for printing, scanning and photocopying.

Modern entry control and self-borrowing systems allow for 24-hour access to the library on any day of the week, while a flatscreen digital display system keeps users up-to-date with relevant news and information. The Library’s book stock will eventually increase from 30,000 to 45,000 books, with sufficient room for any further expansion. 

The Taylor Library has a growing collection of DVDs in the Media Room, all of which can be borrowed like normal library books. The collection consists mainly of European films, classic drama and Shakespeare.  The DVDs are kept in the Media Room; please see a member of library staff during office hours for the key. The Media Room also houses a small collection of books relating to film and media studies.

  • The library is open to all members of the College.
  • New students should have their accounts set up for them by the librarians before they arrive in Cambridge, and therefore do not need to come and register as users. However, if you encounter any problems with borrowing books, come and see a member of library staff.
  • The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is accessed with your university card. It is open throughout the vacations, with the exception of a period of closure at Christmas.
  • Librarians are on site during office hours during the week (usually 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.) if you need any help.
  • All members may borrow up to 10 items (books and DVDs) at a time, for up to 2 weeks.
  • Books can be taken out and returned using the self-issue machine on the library ground floor. All you need is your university card.
  • Books can be renewed twice: they can be renewed online by logging into your library account, by email, in person, or via the My Library Account function.
  • Books can be taken out for the duration of the vacation; information about vacation borrowing is sent out towards the end of each term.
  • Books can be searched using the online university catalogues. Searches can be restricted to return results within Corpus.
  • Books can be searched using keywords such as the title and/or author surname.
  • Once you have found the record of a book, make a note of the classmark (e.g. B.5.SHA), so that you can go and find the book in the library.
  • If the book is not where you expect it to be, check that you have the right classmark and that you are looking in the right place.
  • If you are sure that you are looking in the right place but the book is still not on the shelf, the item may have been borrowed by another reader. In this case you can recall the book (or ask a member of library staff to do so on your behalf). Alternatively, it may have been mis-shelved, in which case you should ask one of the librarians for help.
  • The Taylor Library has a collection of DVDs for use by students of all subjects, for enjoyment as well as work. They can be watched in the Media Room or taken out. They are shelved in a case in the Media Room; come and ask a member of staff for the key.
    • We have brains in our library, or one anatomical model, at least, that lives on the shelves among the medical textbooks. We also have a full-size skeleton who lives in the basement and can be used by medics and natural scientists. Please ask a member of library staff if you would like to consult it.
    • The Library subscribes to a limited number of print journals and periodicals. Latest editions are kept in box files on the ground floor. Please ask a member of library staff if you are unsure where these are.
  • We ask users not to leave their belongings on desks when they leave the library. There are reserve shelves on each floor of the library, where users may leave their possessions if they are going out (e.g. to lunch, or to a supervision). These shelves are cleared at the end of each term, so please take your belongings away before you leave for the vacation; and please don't ever leave valuable possessions lying around!


For general enquiries, including reader enquiries, please email For things that cannot be sent electronically, please use the following address:

Taylor Library Corpus Christi College Cambridge CB2 1RH