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About the Library

Homerton College library is a modern, well stocked, open plan facility covering most academic subjects.  Our main aim is to provide material supporting undergraduates taking Part 1 of the Cambridge Tripos for all the subjects offered by Homerton.

We have a number of special collections, the most notable of which are the Children's Literature Collection and the Multimedia Collection (with DVDs, CDs and printed music - sets of parts are available for hire).

Using the Library

  • All College members can borrow from the Library using their University card. College members can borrow up to 15 items at a time, for 14 days. For a guide to borrowing from the library, renewing, reserving and returning items, please see our user guide.
  • Members of other Colleges may apply for use of the Library. Usually this will be reference access. Borrowing rights may be granted to those with a legitimate need and up to 5 items can be borrowed by external users at a time.

Library catalogue


The College library catalogue holds records for all items kept in the Library. It can be accessed at You can login to review your account, place reservations and renew your books. 

Newton catalogue and LibrarySearch

Homerton is also a contributor to the University Library catalogue known as Newton Newton is the combined online catalogue for the libraries of the University and is divided into a number of databases.  If you want to search multiple libraries for an item, try using LibrarySearch, which searches across all of Newton at once.  Please note that not all of Homerton's items are currently accessible on either of these catalogues and they do not show availability of our items.

Ejournals, ebooks and online databases

The University provides full text access to academic ejournalsebooks and over 400 online databases. These can be accessed on campus (and off campus with a Raven password) via

Music Hire Service

The Music Hire Service is run in collaboration with Christ's College. Both College Libraries have large collections of instrumental and vocal music available for hire including hundreds of orchestral and choral sets. Members of Homerton and Christ's may borrow music from either library for free, and external users can also hire music at a low cost. Our hire periods are flexible to suit you. For more details and to view the catalogue please visit: or email


Our aim is to provide a stress-free environment for studying. The library team are always happy to help, just pop in and speak to us, email or call 01223 747260. For those moments when you need to take a break from the books we have jigsaws and a chess set in the ground floor reading area, and during Easter term we provide squash and biscuits every week-day afternoon.


Study space

There are over 60 work spaces in the Library, with a mixture of large shared desks and individual study carrels. There are also a number of comfortable chairs in the reading area on the ground floor.

IT facilities and wifi

There are 13 Managed Cluster Service (MCS) computers in the Library. In common with most of the College, the Library offers eduroam wifi access. 

Photocopying, Printing and Scanning

A photocopier is situated on Floor 1 (there are also photocopiers in the HUS Office). All are operated by pre-purchased non-reusable cards. The library has a laser printer for colour and mono printing accessible from your own laptop or from the managed cluster service computers. Two A4 scanners are also available.

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