The Cambridge University Library has a collection of nearly 5,5 million books and pamphlets, over 1.2 million periodicals, a great number of manuscripts, maps and the collection of the Royal Commonwealth Society. The main building of the library contains the Japanese and Chinese collections, which were donated by Tadao Aoi in 1998. The items from the library's collections are exhibited annually and are usually free to public. The university is available to all the members of Cambridge University with the exception of undergraduate students, who are not allowed to borrow books in their first two years. The academics from other higher educational institutions are allowed reference access to the collections of the University Library. Because all Cambridge colleges have their own library, Cambridge University Library is used mainly for reference and research, performed by postgraduates and Cambridge academics.
The library houses the publications of the university staff members. The creations of one of the prominent academics Noboru Koyama includes books in Japanese, translated into English: Japanese Students at Cambridge University at the Meiji Era, Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan.
The triple system of the university libraries includes the University Library and the Dependent Libraries, College Libraries and Departmental and Faculty Libraries. The Dependent Libraries include Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Central Science Library, Medical Library and Squire Law Library. The Moore Library contains the collections in mathematics, astronomy, physics, computer science and engineering. The Central Science library holds collections in environmental, biological, chemical and earth sciences. The Medical Library houses collections in nursing, clinical medicine and psychiatry. The Squire Law Library contains the materials on history and law.
The goal of the Cambridge University Library is to provide the information services to the national and international community and to support the university in its striving to contribute to the development of research, science and education at the international level. The library plans to achieve this through acquisition and organization of library materials, development of the talented and skilled staff and the protection and reservation of the materials for future generations. The strategic plan of the Cambridge University Library has been worked out for the 2005-2006 period. It reflects the main objectives and key assumptions of the library.
Cambridge University Careers Service's aims and objectives are determined in the light of development of world science and technology. The Service aims at providing opportunities for graduates through the development of links with a number of organizations, assisting in the provision of information about the destinations of postgraduates and alumni of the university and helping students develop the necessary skills for their careers.