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Visiting the Library

The Earth Sciences Library has two sites (Downing & Bullard), which are open to all members of the Earth Sciences Department, from undergraduate through to faculty staff; as well as other members of the University, visiting scholars, and members of the public.

All visitors must check in with the librarian on their first visit.

Downing site Library

Opening hours:

  • Monday: 13:00–18:30 (Librarian at Bullard site on Monday morning).
  • Tuesday–Friday: 09:45–18:30.

Bullard Library

If you are not a member of the Department, you will have to make an appointment to visit the Bullard Library by .

If you require a small amount of material from the Bullard Library, e.g., minimal photocopying, one journal volume, a single monograph, etc., then we can deliver this material to the Downing Site for you to pick up.

If you require items from our closed stores, i.e., anything predating 1980, then you must request this material prior to your visit.

Contact Us

Department of Earth Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
United Kingdom 

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333429
Fax: 01223 333450

Email: Please send any and all general enquiries relating to the Library to  (and not to individual staff members unless you have been asked to), as this will enable us to deal with your query more swiftly. Matters relating to the library web site should be forwarded to .

Find Us: Access the University's map selection of Cambridge, or view a plan of the Downing site to help locate the Department of Earth Sciences (Downing & Bullard sites). Library & library office floor plans are also available.


Much of the original collection owned by the Earth Sciences Library, including many rare volumes, was originally collected by John Woodward* and Adam Sedgwick, in whose honour the Sedgwick Museum was built.

The original Library was constructed as part of the Sedgwick Museum building, which opened in 1904 and, with the exception of two bookcases near the fireplace, looks exactly as it would have done in 1904.

The Geophysics Library at the Bullard Laboratories began when the labs were first opened in 1951.

If you are interested, learn more about the current collection development policy.

*Founder of the Woodwardian Professorship in Geology at Cambridge, a post held by Sedgwick for 55 years.

Earth Sciences Library Staff

The Librarian: