Clare College Cambridge

College Facilities and Services

The Porters’ Lodge

The lodges are the main point of contact in the silent hours for emergencies. The Porters’ main responsibility is to ensure that the College is safe and secure; they have numerous duties one of which is the sorting and distribution of mail and the handling of keys and access cards. Also in the Lodge you can buy tickets for Formal Hall.  Students are encouraged to go to the Porters lodge if they have any concerns at all.


Each Porters Lodge has a selection of pigeon holes (mailboxes) where your letters and parcels will be left.  An outgoing mail tray/sack is available in the Lodge at Old Court where you may place stamped and freepost mail for collection.  Mail is collected each weekday at 5.00pm. If you have a parcel or large item delievered, you will be left a calling card in your pigeon hole to advise you that you have an item to collect.  Each year you will have a pigeon hole allocated to you.  It may be that the location changes each year, and this is dependent on where you live.  Most, but not all graduate students have a pigeon hole.  Pigeon holes are always in short supply and we will sometimes need to provide shared spaces.  When you graduate and move form College, you will need to ensure that your CamSIS details showing the address to forward mail on to has been updated so that we can forward mail to you efficiently.  You are advised to notify the Post Office of your change of address and put a mail forwarding service in place to ensure that you receive all your post at your new address.

The Forbes Mellon Library (FML)

The Forbes Mellon Library complements the holdings of the faculty and departmental libraries and the University Library.  There are two computer rooms within the FML, and facilities for printing and photocopying.  A large DVD, classical music CD and audio-book collection is available. 

The Lipstein and Turpin Law Reading Rooms

The 2 law reading rooms, situated on the ground floor of J staircase in Ashby Court, are for the use of Law and Land Economy students.  Current periodicals and a photocopier are housed in the Lipstein; the Turpin contains current textbooks and a small computer suite.  There is no borrowing from these rooms but they are open 24/7.

The Fellows’ Library

The Fellows’ Library in Old Court contains largely pre-nineteenth century material including early printed books and manuscripts. 

The Archives 

The Archives, situated on J staircase in Ashby Court, contain the documentary evidence of the history and life of the College.  Anyone interested in consulting or adding to the collection should contact the Archivist.


During Full Term services are at the following times:

Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday morning at 0930 – a service with hymns and a homily, followed by breakfast in E3.  Once a term, we join with members of Trinity Hall at this service.

Morning Prayer is said every Monday–Friday at 0800.  On Fridays this service is followed by breakfast in buttery.

Evening Prayer is said every Monday and Friday at 1815; and on Wednesday at 1715.

Midday Prayer is said every Wednesday at 1245.

Evensong is held on Tuesday and Thursday  at 1815 and on Sunday at 1800.

Compline is held on Wednesday at 2200 thrice a term

Guests are welcome at all services.

The Chapel is open daily from 0800 until 1930.  Silence is kept in Chapel every day from noon until 1300 for meditation or private prayer.

Hepple Room and Library Common Room (LCR)

The Hepple Room is located on the ground floor in C Staircase, Old Court, and is open daily during Full Term.  Providing a comfortable sitting area, the room has 2 public work stations and a printer; the facilities can be accessed using your University Card.  A leisure reading paperback swap facility is also situated here.

The LCR is situated in the FML.  Furnished with soft chairs, the FML has a TV, daily newspapers and access to UCS operated vending machines.  The UCS is responsible for the general state of the room.

Music and Music Practice Facilities

The College has 3 music practice rooms in the FML in Memorial Court.  Each room contains a piano, and one contains a drum kit.  Great care is to be taken with all musical instruments.  The practice rooms can be booked through the Porters, and used until 2200 each evening.

Situated in the FML, the College Music Room is the Bennett Room, which houses chamber concerts, recitals, talks and meetings, and is home to most of the Choral Scholars’ singing lessons.  Occasionally play rehearsals and dancing (in appropriate footwear) takes place in here.

The Blythe Room at The Colony also has a piano and can be used for rehearsals.  This is to be booked through the Porters.