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Library tour

Welcome to our tour of the Geography Library, showing each area of the library.

Geography Library map with collection location. For help, contact a library staff.


The Library is on the first floor of the main Geography building.

You are greeted by the Library Helpdesk as you enter: if you need assistance, please ask a member of library staff in the nearby office.

You may place books you wish to return on the desk counter (as signposted).

All books need to be issued manually by library staff.

Entrance Entrance

Reading room

This is the main study area of the library, with many desks available.

The tables to the sides of the room have power sockets, and are ideal for study using laptops and tablets.

The slips for requesting reading access to past dissertations can be found on the first two pillars as you enter the room. Complete these and hand them to staff to be given access, remembering to return the dissertation back to the Helpdesk when you are finished.

Reading room Reading room

Latest acquisitions

This area contains latest new acquisitions to the Library.

You can view a complete list of the library’s acquisitions, from 2010 to present day, online.

More and more of our books are now becoming available as ebooks, so it is also worthwhile to check the iDiscover library catalgoue to see what you can access online.

acquisitions acquisitions

Information suite

This area contains our print reference books and reports, and there are comfortable low chairs ideal for quick browsing.

There are four networked University PCs, a dedicated catalogue search terminal and an electronic legal deposit terminal for viewing restricted access items online.

Our latest exhibition is on display here too.

exhibition exhibition

electronic legal deposit terminal

Periodicals room

Another area for quiet study, this area contains many desks for use, surrounded by periodicals.

This room is occasionally booked for events, talks and meetings so please check access and availability with the library staff.

periodicals periodicals

Images by Rachel Marsh for libraries@cambridge, except for photos of the Information suite area.