FAQs for Current Students

How do I get access to the Library?

Your University Card is activated with Library access once you arrive. Your borrowing privileges will be activated once you have attended a Library induction session during the first week of Michaelmas Term.

When is the Library open?

The Library is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 (or 366) days a year. Library staff are available Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

How do I look for books in the Library?

Our books are listed on the University catalogue, iDiscover. Please make sure that you click on the item’s title to see a full list of libraries that possess that item – Christ’s is not always the first in the list.

What if Christ's doesn't have the book I need?

If the book is owned by the Library, it can be requested from other users following the instructions under point five.

Alternatively, it is always worth checking your Faculty or Departmental Library and/or the University Library. Books not owned by the Library can be requested following these instructions.

Where do I find a book that I requested?

If you requested a book either from another user or to be purchased for the Library, it will be placed on the Book Requests shelf in the Reading Room (just to the left of the door when you enter) when it is ready to be collected.

How do I borrow and return books?

It's quick and easy, and possible at any time of the day or night, just follow the instructions here!

How do I renew my books?

This is done via iDiscover. In the upper right hand corner, click on 'Login to iDiscover', then click the 'My Library Account' option, signing in with your Raven details. This brings you to your account page and under 'Loans' you can select the 'Renew All' option or click on 'Loans' to selectively renew certain titles.

What do I do if I can't renew my books online?

If you cannot renew your books online, this means either that another user has requested the book or that you have exhausted your renewal period. Please return the books to the Library. If you still need the item, you can check it out again unless another user has requested it – in which case you will have to place your own request via iDiscover (see 'What if Christ's doesn't have the book I need?"). Please email library@christs.cam.ac.uk if you have any difficulties or further questions.

Can I borrow books during the vacations?

Yes. Details of how to do this will be posted in the Library at least one week before the end of term.

Can I leave books in the Reading Room to consult at a later time?

You may leave Christ’s College books (only) in the Reading Room for later consultation, so long as you fill in a ‘Books in Use’ slip, which can be found next to the Book Recommendations box in the Reading Room. Books left longer than 3 days without an updated slip will be reshelved (non-Christ's books will be placed in the Lost & Found (in the Library Corridor, next to the water dispenser).

Can I leave my stuff in the Reading Room?

Your belongings are left at your own risk, and Library staff reserve the right to move unattended things to the Lost & Found (in the Library Corridor, next to the water dispenser), especially when it impedes use of the Reading Room. You can apply for a Library locker to store your things.