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Whipple Library

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

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Opening hours

Opening hours

The Library is open on weekdays throughout the year as follows:

Full Term

Monday–Friday: 09:15–19:00

(Swipecard access to registered users only after 17:30 via Storey's Gate entrance on Pembroke Street.)

Saturday & Sunday: closed


Monday–Friday: 09:15–17:00

Saturday & Sunday: closed

A calendar of University term and vacation dates is available here.


Public holidays

The Library is normally closed for just over a week at Christmas, on the Friday and Monday either side of the Easter weekend, and on the August Bank Holiday.

In 2018-19 these scheduled closures will fall as follows:

  • Saturday 22 December 2018 - Wednesday 2 January 2019 (inclusive)
  • Friday 19 April & Monday 22 April 2019
  • Monday 26 August 2019

We are normally open on the two bank holidays in May that fall during Full Term.

Occasional closures

Although we try to avoid it, we sometimes need to close at lunchtimes and for staff training events during vacations. We advertise these closures as far in advance as possible via the News section of this website, via the hps-discussion and hps-library-users mailing lists and/or the Whipple Library Twitter account (@hpslib).

Please contact us in advance to check if there are likely be any changes to the normal pattern of opening hours if you are travelling a long distance to work in the Library between July and September.

Other Cambridge libraries

Opening hours vary across the Cambridge library network according local circumstances and staffing arrangements. Check the times for other libraries via the Cambridge libraries directory.