Library

Here at the Harry Harris LGBT+ library, our aim is to provide access to material you’d otherwise struggle to get hold of: whether it’s academic studies or autobiographies or hard-to-find music or novels and films that feature people like you – we’re working on building up a collection that includes them. Undergrad? Postgrad? Nothing to do with this university or any other? We still want you.

We’re currently located inside the CUSU building on the 17 Mill Lane. The books are stored opposite meeting room 2 in the basement of the CUSU building. You can ask for reception for directions as the building is a bit confusing, alternatively enter via the 17 Mill Lane main entrance (the blue door in the middle, not the white side door) and go down the stairs before reaching the CUSU/GU lounge.

If you want to know what you’re getting into, you can have a look through the most recent version of the catalogue – this is generally updated more frequently than the hard copy placed with the collection. The catalogue also contains a list of online resources, and instructions on how to borrow. If you wish to borrow an item, please email our library officer Dev at lgbt-librarian@cusu.cam.ac.uk with the item you wish to borrow, your name and time of borrowing. You may then collect the item yourself. Standard borrowing times are two weeks, but feel free to ask for an extension.

We’re named after Harry Harris, trans rep during most of 2011. He was a neurobiologist and an award-winning poet, and he was absolutely dedicated to helping people find a sense of community and their own words. He was instrumental in encouraging us to put this collection together, and we’re sorry he isn’t here to see it.