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Whipple Library

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

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Opening hours: 2020-21

From Monday 21 September we will begin a phased re-opening to readers.

Monday 21 - Friday 25 September: Click & Collect Service launched

Readers may request books via the online form and collect from 2pm the next working day.

Library open from 2-5pm for readers collecting requested books only.

Monday 28 September onwards: In-Person services launched

Library open to readers from 9.30am - 5pm. Please see our page on in-person services to see what we offer.

Normal opening hours

Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5pm.

There is no access to the library outside of these times.

Holiday closures

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.

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, the hps-library-users mailing lists and/or the Whipple Library Twitter account.

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.


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