Dealing with Library Anxiety

1. Ask yourself :

  • Do you feel uncomfortable asking a member of staff for assistance?
  • Are you uncomfortable with the size or layout of the library?
  • Do you feel nervous if you can't find something in the library? 
  • Have you had a previous bad experience in a library? 

If your answer to any of these questions is "yes", then you may have library anxiety. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this.


2. Tips on how to deal with Library Anxiety

Recognize that what you're feeling is common and that you aren't alone: many people feel overwhelmed by libraries, often because they worry about being in unfamiliar places.


Ask Library staff for help: You can send us an email ( or give us a call (01223 334905/ 01223 334950) to arrange an in-person individual meeting, phone or video call with a member of library staff. We can help you get accustomed to the library's space, procedures and resources, and answer any questions you have.

If you have a non-medical worker or support worker, they are welcome to join the meeting.


Ask your personal tutor or fellow students for help: If you are really struggling or feeling "paralysed" when you try to do your library research, consider talking to your personal tutor about it. Some of your fellow students might also be able to help.


Get comfortable with the space: When coming into the library, take a moment to familiarise yourself with the space. You are welcome to explore in your own time, or ask Library staff for a tour.


There are many different Libraries available to you in Cambridge. Spacefinder is a directory which allows you to search for a Library that is right for how you study. You can filter by atmosphere, noise levels, and facilities.


So, take a moment to find the right Library space for you!