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.

The Haddon Library Donation Button

You can donate to the Haddon Library online. Or, if you prefer, read the library's appeal and then donate online. Start by clicking the 'Give Online' button above. Thanks!

News and Events

Vacation opening hours

Monday-Thursday, 09:00-17:00; Friday 09:15-17:00; closed all day at weekends. That pattern applies from Saturday 5 December to Monday 11 January 2016 inclusive.

We shall be closed from Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December, to Friday 1 January inclusive. In other words, we shut 17:00 on Wednesday 23 December and re-open 09:00 on Monday 4 January.

Additionally, we shall be closed all day on Thursday 7 January.

During the vacation, we shall close for lunch 13:00-14:00 on the following days:

Mon-Weds 21-23 December

Mon-Fri 4-8 January

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 30 November. Books borrowed for the vacation are due for return on Friday 15 January. For loan entitlements, see .


Term-time borrowing rules come back into force.


Lent term begins.


Vacation loans are due for return.

Lost property

We’re tidying up how we deal with lost property in the Haddon.

Tom and Simon spent a bit of time sorting and listing what’s built up here.  If you think it might include anything of yours, then please come and claim your own — but do that before the end of term. After 4 December we’ll get rid of the whole lot.

From 7 December, we’ll have some new arrangements for lost property. Watch this space.

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