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Opening hours

entranceFull Term

08:30-17:00, Monday to Thursday

08:30-16:30, Friday

09:15-12:30, Saturday, OUT OF HOURS CARD-HOLDERS ONLY. Invigilator only service, registering of University Cards for book borrowing not possible.


08:30-17:00, Monday to Thursday

08:30-16:30, Friday


The Library Office is not always staffed. Any reader requiring assistance should contact the  before they come to the Library. All readers who are not current members of the University must arrange their visit a minimum of 48 hours in advance with the .

Access out of hours is highly restricted - ask the  for more information.

For information on who the Balfour Library admits, and during which times, please see the Admissions page.

View the University of Cambridge Term Dates here.

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