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Lancaster Library Places and Spaces 1, Located next to The Keep, the library has fantastic views across the city.  It has a diverse collection of over 160,000 items covering most subject areas and provides access to open study spaces, group study rooms, printers, vending machines and much more.

Opening hours 


Opening hours are currently restricted due to problems with the swipe access door. To ensure the safety of students the library will not be open 24 hours. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

26 September - 19 December 2022

Monday - Friday 

9.00am - 5.00pm staffed

swipe access 5.00pm - 9.00pm

Saturday and Sunday swipe access 9.00am - 5.00pm




Explore Lancaster Campus

Map of Lancaster campus

Be right at the heart of it at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster. Our campus is a hub of fresh thinking, education and high achievement.

Now home to some of our most popular courses in Education, Health, Sport and Business, it's a place to be inspired, be part of a strong community, and be supported as you develop the skills you need to take you to the very top.

Library Location

University of Cumbria
Harold Bridges Library
Bowerham Road


Explore our collections


Study Spaces

Except during any university closures (exceptional circumstances and Christmas) the library and IT Lab in the adjoining Keep are open 24/7. Outside of staffed library hours you will need your Cumbria Card to swipe into the building via the library ramp. Individual and group study rooms can also be booked.

Study rooms can be booked online here: Book a study space



Staff in the library are ready to welcome you and to answer your queries.

If you need any information or have any questions please visit the Student Enquiry Point.

If you are studying in the evening or at the weekend and have a query please use the Ask a Librarian service.


Borrowing and Returning Books

Find out how to borrow, renew and return books whilst you are a member of our libraries. If you have library books out they will auto renew until the end of your course unless they are requested by someone else. We will send you an email letting you know which book needs to be returned so please check your student email regularly.

Using the library as a visitor

If you would like to visit or join our library as an external borrower find out more on our joining the library page.  

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