The Haddon Library

The Haddon Library
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The Canonical Stack—book sculpture by
Christopher Evans and Issam Kourbaj (photograph, David Webb). The sculpture was an arrangement of books, mainly from the Haddon Library, and was photographed in situ there on 8 March 2008. All the books are now back in their normal use.

The Haddon Library serves the staff, research students and undergraduates of the University, together with members of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Staff and students of other Universities are welcome to read here, on production of evidence of academic bona fides. Other visitors should enquire in advance.

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News and Events

Christmas closure

Wednesday 24 December to Friday 2 January inclusive.   We shut 17:00 on Tuesday 23 December and re-open 09:00 on Monday 5 January.

Vacation opening hours

Mon-Thurs, 09:00-17:00; Fri 09:15-17:00; closed all day at weekends.

That pattern applies from Saturday 6 December to Monday 12 January 2015 inclusive.

We shall be closed from Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24 December, to Friday 2 January inclusive.  In other words, we shut 17:00 on Tuesday 23 December and re-open 09:00 on Monday 5 January.

We’ll close for lunch on Mon-Tues 22-23 December.  Our opening hours on those days will thus be 09:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00.

We might, during the vacation, need to close for other days, half-days, and lunch hours.  We’ll give due notice if that has to be so.

Vacation loans started on Monday 1 December.  Books borrowed for the vacation are due for return on Friday 16 January.  For loan entitlements, see .


Term-time borrowing rules come back into force.


Lent term begins.


Vacation loans are due for return.

Looking forward to seeing you on some of those days, and to having a good break on others.  Hope you can do the same.