Where things are

Homerton College Library occupies all three floors of the north wing of Mary Allan Building.

Homerton College site plan

pdfHomerton College site plan (PDF)

Homerton College Library floor plans

Links to Library floor plans below. Maps can also be found on the Ground Floor of the Library.

pdf Ground Floor plan (PDF)

pdf Floor 1 plan (PDF)

pdf Floor 2 plan (PDF)

Floor by floor guide

Most items in the Library are arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).

Ground Floor

Subject material:

Information and Computer Science (000)

Philosophy / Psychology (100)

Theology (200)

Social Sciences (300)

Language / Linguistics (400)

Maths / Science (500)

Management / Engineering (600)

Local Collection (LC):

A large collection of material about Cambridge and the surrounding region. Reference only.

label - Quick ReferenceQuick reference section (QREF): dictionaries (including many foreign languages), encyclopedias, road atlases and other standard reference works. Red spot with ‘QREF’.


Journals and newspapers:

Current issues are kept in the reading area on the ground floor. We subscribe to a selection of general interest journals (Economist, Times Literary Supplement, Times Education Supplements, etc.), a few peer-reviewed academic journals, and three daily newspapers (Financial Times, Times, Guardian). The newspapers are available on weekdays during full term. Back issues of the journals are stored on Floor 2. All journals are reference only.

Note that the University Library (UL) offers online access to a large number of academic journals via the Eresources LibGuide. These are accessible to all members of the University both on and off campus via Raven password. More information about online access can be found on our FAQ page.

Reserved items shelf:

Located at the end of the enquiry desk, this contains reserved items ready for collection. All items taken from the reserved items shelf must be issued or, if they are no longer wanted, handed to a member of staff or placed in the drop boxes.

Self issue kiosk:

Please issue items yourself where possible. Usage instructions are posted in situ. Self issue is safe to use with all borrowable items in the library including CDs and DVDs.

Enquiry screens:

Two screens dedicated to searching the University catalogue – iDiscover.

MCS (Managed Cluster Service) PCs:

There are seven PC workstations for general use by all College members with login access via Raven password. They can be used for most things including web access, email, Word, Excel, and a vast array of other software provided by the University.

You are welcome to bring your own computer into the Library. The library offers the Eduroam wi-fi service for internet access and connecting to your Desktop Services account for printing etc.

  • Create an Eduroam account, free of charge, by accessing the ‘Eduroam Setup’ option in the list of wifi services and following the instructions.
  • To print from your own computer to a Desktop Services printer you need to install the Mobility Print application.

MCS Apple Mac:

We have one Apple Mac MCS workstation which is on the ground floor.


There is an HP Color LaserJet A4 printer in the library connected to Desktop Services. You can print from your own computer and the MCS PCs. Print credits must be purchased to enable use of the printer. Refer to the Desktop Services website for an introduction to the University Desktop Services and all aspects of printing. Print credit instructions are also on the Desktop Services site.


There are two Epson V500 scanners on the ground floor, one connected to a PC workstation and one to the Apple Mac workstation. Please allow users needing to scan priority on these machines—especially the PC workstation of which there are many more in the library. Special attachments are available for scanning photographic negatives and slides (ask Library staff for these). Scanning is free of charge and is also possible on the photocopier.

Book drop boxes:

Just outside the main entrance to the Library, and next to the self service machine, are our book drop boxes. Return all items into these boxes (some very large items will not fit through the letterbox-style opening and these should be handed in to library staff or, if that is not possible, left on the enquiry desk with an appropriate note). Please return Homerton College Library items only to the drop boxes: we do not take back books from any other library.

Request Book:

If the Library does not hold an item which is important for your course please enter it in our Request Book on the Library Enquiry Desk. Note this service is generally limited to items suitable for Part 1 of Tripos.

Library Incident Book:

 This should be filled in if you set off the alarm when leaving the Library when there are no staff present. Enter the information requested. The book is located just outside the security gates near the main exit doors. (During staffed hours please see a member of staff and do not fill in the book).

Floor 1

Work tables

Subject material:

Arts / Music (700)

Literature (800-E899)

label-oversizedOversized Collection (OS): books too big for the standard shelves, mainly art books. Blue sticker.


Past exam papers:

These are shelved by service lift. Reference only, bound volumes of past Cambridge University examination papers from academic year 2001-2 onwards.

MCS (Managed Cluster Service) PCs: as above.

Floor 2

Work tables and carrels

Subject material:

Children’s Literature (800)

History / Geography (900)

label-mmcMultimedia Collection (MMC): CDs and DVDs borrowable in the same way and for the same 2 week period as books. DVDs have a blue sticker.

label-musicHomerton College Music Collection: music scores and sets of part scores which can be hired out. Yellow sticker (note that main subject music texts are on the 1st floor). Information about the music score hire service, which is run in conjunction with Christ’s College, is at http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/current-students/library/music-hire/. Please make all enquiries about the collection to us at library@homerton.cam.ac.uk.

Children’s Literature Collection (CLC): (Dewey Decimal 800-899, green sticker). An extensive range of children’s fiction and books about children’s fiction.

Note that some very large children’s books are kept in two wheeled filing boxes in order of their shelfmark. These are marked as ‘Big book’ in our catalogue.

Journals (PER):

A collection of back issues of academic journals arranged in alphabetical order by title. All our hard copy journal holdings are included on iDiscover. Journals are reference only and where online access is available to a journal a link is available in iDiscover.

MCS (Managed Cluster Service) PCs: as above.


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