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The following is a brief list of digital resources which may be useful to users of the Rare Books Reading Room. Access to most of these resources is provided by the University Library through subscriptions, and is restricted to computers on University networks, or to Library users with a Raven login off campus. Those listed below with an asterisk are unrestricted resources, free to all users. For further details of off-campus access and a full list of online resources, see eresources@cambridge. We welcome your suggestions of other resources that may be useful.

Trial resources

Union catalogues (all freely available)

  • ESTC* (English Short Title Catalogue), 1475-1800
  • ISTC* (Incunabula Short Title Catalogue), 1455-1501
  • STCN* (Short Title Catalogue Netherlands), 1501-1800
  • USTC* (Universal Short Title Catalogue)
  • NSTC* (Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue)

Digitised books and periodicals


Other useful resources

Blogs from Cambridge and elsewhere