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Opening hours

entranceFull Term

08:30-17:00, Monday to Thursday

08:30-16:30, Friday


08:30-17:00, Monday to Thursday

08:30-16:30, Friday

The Library will be closed for Christmas from 1:00pm on Thursday 20th December and will reopen at 8:30am on Wednesday 2nd January.


The Library Office is not always staffed. Any reader requiring assistance, including registration of their University Card to borrow books for the first time, 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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