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Registering to borrow books from the Balfour Library

You must register with the online borrowing system in order that you can borrow books. Please note that books cannot be removed from Cambridge, unless you are an undergraduate borrowing books over the Christmas or Easter vacations. All books on loan from the Balfour Library are subject to recall by other readers so we need to be able to get books back easily for them if required.

Using a valid University Card

Present your University Card to a member of staff in the Library Office during normal opening hours.

If you do not have a University Card, you will need to visit the University Card Office in Mill Lane to have your photo taken, or you can send them a digital photo of yourself. For more information on how to do this, as well as on your eligibility for a card, please see their website.

The University Card Representative in the Department of Zoology is Nigel Hall. He deals with card enquiries every weekday between 2:00pm and 3:00pm in Room F6. Please contact him directly with any queries about how you will receive your card.

Please contact the  for more information on accessing the Department out of hours using your University Card.

Using a valid University Library Card

If you are not eligible for a University Card, you may be able to apply for a University Library Card. We can use this to register you with so you can borrow books from the Balfour Library.

Please check your eligibility on the University Library's 'How to join the Library' web page.