Library opening hours

Nine major libraries will reopen in the week commencing Mon 6 July: Bar Hill, Cambourne, Cambridge Central Library, Ely, Huntingdon, March, St Ives, St Neots and Wisbech.

  • Further libraries will open in August.
  • Mobile libraries will not resume yet due to the challenge of creating a safe environment in a confined space.
  • Meeting rooms, library events and activities will not resume in July and August. These services will reintroduced when it is safe to do so

Before you visit

We have a wide range of eBooks, eAudio books, eComics and eMagazines which you can access without visiting a library.

If you do want to visit, please check interim opening days and times first (below).

Select and Collect Service

This service allows you to request a selection of books based on your preferences.

  • You can use the online form below, or call us on 0345 045 5225
  • You will need to be a member of Cambridgeshire Libraries - you can join online.
  • You can pick the books up from any of the libraries which have reopened - tell us your preference
  • Specify how many books you would like to borrow, your favourite genres, and whether you want large print or spoken word editions. You can enter information for up to four children, and four adults.
  • We will use this information to choose a selection from the books available at your chosen library.
  • We will notify you when this has been done and you can come and pick the books up from the library.

Reserving specific titles

You can reserve specific titles through the library catalogue. You can also call us to make a reservation on 0345 045 5225.

When you visit

  • Safety of customers and staff is a priority
  • (Can people just turn up? Or do they have to have used Select and Collect, or a reservation?)
  • You will need to maintain social distancing outside libraries.
  • (Will people be expected to wear face masks?)
  • (Will children be able to attend with parents?)
  • (How will people pay fines - exact cash or card?)
  • Once inside, browsing will not be possible
  • Public access IT facilities will be available by appointment only, with a limit of one 45 minute appointment per day per customers.
  • Other facilities may remain closed(?) Will toilets be open?
  • We are currently unable to take book donations.
  • You can return books to any open library.
  • We can't lend CDs or DVDs.
  • Printing services available at Cambridge Centre, Huntingdon and Wisbech libraries, but will require exact cash, or card payment
  • We cannot currently offer room hire.

Interim opening hours from 6 July

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Bar Hill

Closed 2.30pm - 6pm Closed 1pm - 5pm Closed 1pm - 5pm Closed


Closed 10am - 2pm Closed Closed 10am - 2pm 10am - 2pm Closed

Central Library, Cambridge

10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm 10am - 2pm Closed


10am - 2pm Closed Closed 10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed


10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed Closed 10am - 2pm Closed


10am - 2pm Closed Closed 10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed

St Ives

10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed Closed 10am - 2pm Closed

St Neots

10am - 2pm Closed Closed 10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed


Closed 10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed

Further library reopenings

From Monday 3 August we are planning to open the following libraries:

Arbury Court, Barnwell Road, Buckden, Burwell, Chatteris, Cherry Hinton, Clay Farm, Comberton, Cottenham, Great Shelford, Linton, Littleport, Milton Road, Ramsey, Rock Road, Papworth, Sawtry, Soham, Warboys, Whittlesey, Willingham, Yaxley.

Sawston's new library will also be opening in August at its new location in Sawston Community Hub.

Histon Library has closed for refurbishment, the provisional offer will be confirmed in September before a new library opens in 2021.