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The Chemistry Library is one open, large, and quiet space. You may wish to be able to have discussions with your student or staff colleagues, which at present is not possible in the library space. Here are some suggestions for finding alternative spaces for supervisions, meetings and group work in the Department and beyond. If you have any further suggestions, please let us know.


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Postdoc Centres

There are three Postdoc Centres: at Eddington (North West Cambridge), Mill Lane (in the city centre), and in the Clifford Albutt Building (Biomedical Campus) -  they offer a unique space dedicated to postdocs.


Cambridge University Libraries 

The Engineering Library (nearby on Trumpington Street) has accessible, collaborative and silent spaces for use by any member of the university; some are bookable.

The University Library (West Road at the Backs of the colleges) offers quiet reading rooms, bookable acoustic booths, study hub (with some bookable rooms, group study room). Please visit their Find your ideal study space website for more information. 

The Betty & Gordon Moore Library (Clarkson Road, off Madingley Road) has a variety of study spaces for group and lone working: study pods, acoustic booth, sit-stand workstations, study pods, bookable study rooms.

The Medical Library (Biomedical Campus, next to Addenbrooke's Hospital) has some bookable spaces and general study space.

There are of course many other Cambridge libraries available to you (including your own college library). You can use the Cambridge Libraries Directory to identify and locate libraries, and SpaceFinder (see below).


West Hub

The West Hub (West Cambridge site) has a variety of spaces suitable for collaborative and lone working, some of which are bookable. For an overall impression of their space please watch their 23 second video.


Public libraries

The main public library in the city centre (located in the Lion Yard shopping centre) is Cambridge Central Library. There are many other public libraries available across Cambridgeshire. These are not usually quiet, however!



Try using SpaceFinder to locate study spaces available in Cambridge Libraries and other venues around the city (including all of the above locations).


Accessible spaces and assistive technology

Detailed access guides for University buildings are available via the University of Cambridge AccessAble site. There is also the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre's Building Access Guide which assists anyone who wants to find the best way round the university and colleges (including some of their libraries).

The Libraries Accessibility Service has created an accessibility & disability LibGuide. This pulls together information about accessibility services (including accessible readings, catalogues and reading lists, eresource platforms, assistive technology) and signposts sources of help.

The University Library on West Road has bookable assistive technology rooms and software/equipment. The UL also has an Accessibility and disabled library users website which provides information on accessible services available there.

Please visit our own Assistive resources website for further information on the many assistive resources and services available to anyone wanting to use the Chemistry Library. It is designed to help you get started and consider any adjustments you may need.