Summer vacation opening hours 2022

Now that term has ended, we hope you can all take some time to have a proper and very well-earned break to recharge your batteries.

We’ll still be here over the summer but will be operating vacation opening hours until Friday 30 September as follows:

Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday: Closed

We’ll also be taking some time off as follows to put our feet up and catch up on our holiday reading:

Monday 11 July-Friday 22 July: closed due to staff annual leave

Tuesday 9 August: closed from 1pm due to staff annual leave and sickness

Monday 29 August: closed due to the bank holiday

Monday 19 September: closed due to the bank holiday

There may be over closures in the event of staff absences so you may want to come back here or give us a call on 01223 762939 to check we’re open before making a special journey in to use the Library.

Many thanks and happy summer everyone!

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Vacation services and opening hours

After term ends on 3 December, we’re planning to remain open for in-person borrowing, returns and study space (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) until 5pm on Thursday 16 December. 

Click and collect appointments (Monday-Friday 3pm-4pm) are also available until that date. 

All being well, we plan to reopen on Monday 10 January but please do check back here for any updates before making a special trip in over the vacation.  

We’ll continue to review the services we’re offering in the new year in line with University and Government advice and will update our website with details of any changes.

If there’s anything at all you need over the vacation, please don’t hesitate to email us at and we’ll do our very best to help.  We’ll be monitoring our email account intermittently during the closure period but may not be able to respond until we’re back from our holidays on 10 January.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

The window of the Casimir Lewy Library decorated with paper snowflakes make by our users

University Mental Health Day

Looking after our mental health and wellbeing has never been so important.  As Thursday 4 March is University Mental Health Day we wanted to remind you of some of the resources and activities on offer to help you do just that. 

Next serving of Philosotea on Friday 5 March at 2:30pm

Take a break and connect with other friendly Philosophy folk over a warming brew!  Join us if you can! Further details will be circulated by email shortly.

What do you do to stay happy and healthy?

Tomorrow the library team will be taking to Twitter to share some of the things we do to ease the stresses and strains of everyday life and the additional pressures that the current lockdown and ongoing restrictions are placing on us all. We’d love you to join the conversation and share your tips by using #UniMentalHealthDay.


Colouring in is a great way to unwind and channel your creativity and it’s no longer just for kids! As part of their annual #ColorOurCollections social media festival The New York Academy of Medicine Library has partnered with libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions around the world (including a few in Cambridge!) to share free images from their collections for you to colour in.

New online Wellbeing Collection 

Our friends in the University Library’s new Accessibility Services team have put together this great online reading list of Wellbeing ebooks to complement the those held in many libraries across Cambridge and to make them more accessible off-campus.  The team are very happy to receive your new title and/or new topic suggestions.  Please email email them to with ‘Wellbeing ebooks’ in the subject line. 

Requesting wellbeing books from the Philosophy Library

Further information about these and other sources of support are available from the Wellbeing tab of our LibGuide.  You can also browse the virtual shelves and, if you are currently resident in Cambridge, request them via our Click and Collect service.  We are very mindful that, due to the sensitive nature of some of these titles, you may prefer to request these books in a more private way. If so, feel free to mail Jo direct at with the details of the books you would like to borrow and she’ll be very happy to arrange that for you. 

Wellbeing: Modellig Minds and Managing the Cost of Functioning a talk by Dr Hisham Ziauddeen, Clinical Senior Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry

The University Information Service will be hosting the above online talk 4-5pm on Thursday.  Dr Ziauddeen will talk about the impact of work and stress, particularly during the global pandemic, and some ways we can ease them. For further details and to book a place please follow this link:  

 Take care everyone and don’t forget to get in touch if there’s any we might be able to help with or you’d like us to share your wellbeing tips. 

LGBTQ Archives of Sexuality and Gender

Cambridge University Library has recently acquired the LGBTQ Archives of Sexuality and Gender. This is sure to be really useful for Philosophy students, as it enables users to browse primary source material relating to gender, sexuality, and LGBT+ issues across four centuries and around the world. Students on Part II Paper 10 will be especially interested, as the archive contains many resources relevant to feminism, masculinity and femininity, trans issues, and intersectionality.  

The archive can be accessed directly at (requires Raven authentication). 

The archive is a four-part series of rare primary source material including monographs, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, and ephemera. It is intended to give voice to LGBT+ groups that weren’t previously well represented in academic resources.  

Part one is the largest, with 1.5 million pages devoted to LGBT+ history and culture since 1940. Part two has 1 million pages focusing on underrepresented communities (e.g. Lesbian nuns) since 1940. Part three provides over 1 million pages of material, going beyond LGBT+ issues to the study of sex and sexuality from the 17th to the 20th century, including perspectives from medicine, anthropology, biology, law, and erotic literature. Part four provides international perspectives on LGBT+ activism: mostly dating from 1970-2016, these 0.5 million pages focus on underrepresented populations and regions (such as South African LGBT+ groups).  

Browsing and searching across the archives is easy, with a powerful advanced search tool to pinpoint specific items and numerous filters and facets to refine results. Users can search across all four sections of the archive or limit their searches to a particular one.  

In addition, the archive provides a link to other collections on the Gale Primary Sources platform. This allows users to search the same terms across numerous ranges, in order, for example, to compare the portrayal of specific events between the LGBT+ and mainstream presses.  

If you have any questions or need any assistance with using the Archives of Sexuality and Gender, feel free to get in touch with a member of Library staff. And check out the LibGuide for LGBT+ resources and collections at Cambridge University!  

The Philosophy Library is now closed until further notice but we’re still here to help!

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the physical library space is now closed until further notice.  However, Library staff are working remotely from home so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s absolutely anything you need and we’ll do our very best to help.  Email us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible and will aim to respond within 3 working days.

For the vast majority of our users, the books you have on loan from us will automatically renew and will not be recalled.  If they don’t you will not be charged any late fees incurred due to the impact of Coronavirus.

Please continue to send us your book recommendations by emailing us the details or completing the online form at – we’ll buy ebooks wherever we can.

We’re working with our other library colleagues across the School and the wider university to offer other remotes services and we’ll let you know when these are up and running.

In the meantime, below you’ll find links to key information, online academic resources and helpful hints and tips for working remotely and taking care of your mental wellbeing.  If there’s anything we’ve missed or if there are tips, tricks and advice you would like to share email or tweet us @LewyLib.

Stay safe, stay well and stay in touch!

Lifebuoy on the surface of the sea

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