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Cambridge Libraries

Address: Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Telephone: (3)34398
Online Catalogue: iDiscover
Location map: University Map
Staff: Librarian: Ms Jenni Skinner
Senior Library Assistant: Ben Carson
Admits: We are open with borrowing privileges to all Cambridge University members. External visitors are welcome to consult our collections and are advised to contact the library via email in the first instance: Please see our LibGuide for current information on services available
Stock: 30,000 monographs, 40 current periodicals, long and short runs of about 300 periodical titles, microfilms, maps, documents, newspapers, official publications
Special collections: A fetching service for a large archive that includes: pamphlets, official publications, personal papers, newspapers, maps, slides, microfiches, microfilms, and photographs.  See our LibGuide for more information:  &
  • Wi-fi
  • MCS terminal
  • A substantial DVD collection of films and documentaries on Africa
  • African languages material
  • Study skills material
  • Electronic legal deposit terminal
  • Microfilm reader
  • Lockers 
  • Extended access for PhD students with a research focus on Africa (on application)
Opening hours: The African Studies Library is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm during term time. Please see our LibGuide for vacation opening hours, and any closure periods:

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