A Statement from the College

Churchill College endorses the Vice Chancellor's statement regarding the events surrounding George Floyd's death in the USA. Racism has no place in our community. Please read our statement here

Covid-19 Update

Due to the latest government update the College is now closed to all but essential staff. If you are a staff member and you need help with logging into the Staff Area with your Raven ID, please click here.


Every book or DVD taken out of the Library must be registered as a loan. The Library operates a self-service automated loans system for which you will need your University card. Loan stations are situated in the foyers of the Bracken Reading Room and the Bevin Library. Undergraduates may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; Advanced Students, Fellows and staff may borrow up to 20 items.

To borrow an item:

  1. Touch ‘Borrow & Account’ on the screen.
  2. Place the items that you are borrowing on the desk on top of the ‘Place items here’ sign (the machine can scan around 4-5 books in one go).
  3. Make sure all of your items have appeared on screen before removing them. The screen will show the due date for each item.
  4. Touch ‘Finish’ on the screen.

A book with a green film over the classmark is for reference only and should not be removed from the Library.

Returning items

When you have finished using an item, or if it has been requested by another user, please place it in one of the Book Return boxes in the foyer of the Bracken Library or the Bevin Library.


If you need an item that is out on loan to another library user, you can place a request through iDiscover.  

To place a request:

  1. Log in to iDiscover
  2. Search for the title you want to request, and click on the title to view the full catalogue record
  3. Click ‘Request’ next to the entry for Churchill College Library, then follow the on screen prompts.
  4. Logout of iDiscover if you are on a public computer

Borrowing information

Email notifications

You will receive a single monthly statement showing which items you have out on loan across all University of Cambridge Libraries. If you no longer need a book, please bring it back to the library.

You will also receive an email notification if an item you have out on loan has been requested by another reader. If this happens, you will be asked to return the item within 3 working days. If you are unable to get to the library within 3 working days, please contact the library team as soon as possible.


Library loans will automatically renew throughout the vacations. During vacations it will not be possible to request books on loan to other readers.