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  • Problems accessing EBSCOhost e-resources on-campus

    We are sorry to report an inconsistent problem affecting access to EBSCOhost ebooks and ejournals when users are connected via University of Cambridge Wi-Fi or ethernet. We have reported this to the supplier and flagged it as an urgent issue.

    You may see the following error messages when attempting to connect to EBSCO online resources:

    This is an on-campus issue, so a current workaround is to connect via alternative Wi-Fi. Not from a college room or college/university library, but perhaps a cafe’s Wi-Fi, your own personal hotspot, or using mobile data. In this way you should be able to successfully connect to EBSCO e-resources. For off-campus users, please note that having your Cambridge VPN switched on may also prevent access.

    It would also be worth double checking in iDiscover that the title you need isn’t also available on an alternative ebook platform.

    Our sincere apologies for this inconvenience. Please follow @ebookscamb and @ejournalscamb on Twitter for the latest updates.

    Please do also get in touch if you have any queries. Please contact or as appropriate.

    Timestamp: 23 May 2022 - 11:13am
  • The newly donated Bibliotheca Hermetica series: Alchemical Texts in the University Library

    As part of a large donation from emeritus Art History Professor Jean-Michel Massing, Cambridge University Library now possesses 13 works from the collection Bibliotheca Hermetica, an illustrated, encyclopedic collection of works on alchemy, astrology, and magic, dating across the Medieval … Continue reading →
    Timestamp: 23 May 2022 - 9:29am
  • Vyshyvanka Day 2022

    Since the 2022 Russian war against Ukraine started nearly three months ago, awareness and appreciation of Ukrainian culture has grown hugely around the world.  This week saw the annual celebration of the vyshyvanka – a word that many people would … Continue reading →
    Timestamp: 21 May 2022 - 11:13am
  • An evening of Brahms with Hans Keller

    Take your seats, everyone, please, the concert is about to start. This evening an (improbable) all-Brahms concert at The Other Place Festspielhaus is being given in the first half, by the Orchestra of the Eternal Age conducted by the composer … Continue reading →
    Timestamp: 20 May 2022 - 8:45am
  • New eresource – Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500-1926

    Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500-1926 has been acquired from the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, who endowed the University Library with funds to support the study of the history of the United States in the University of Cambridge.

    Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926 offers a perspective on life in the western hemisphere, encompassing the arrival of the Europeans on the shores of North America in the late fifteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century.

    Covering more than 400 years and more than 65,000 volumes in North, Central, and South America and the West Indies, this easy-to-use digital collection highlights the society, politics, religious beliefs, culture, contemporary opinions, and momentous events of the time through sermons, political tracts, newspapers, books, pamphlets, maps, legislation, literature, and more.

    This digital collection, drawn from Joseph Sabin’s famed bibliography, Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from Its Discovery to the Present Time, includes the following topics:

    • Discovery and exploration of the Americas — accounts from British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Danish explorers and adventurers
    • Colonization — features both American and European views and firsthand accounts of colonial life
    • Slavery — memoirs, original speeches, lectures, sermons, discourses, reports to legislatures across America, pamphlets, books, and international essays
    • Cities and states — the social and political evolution of America’s major cities and states
    • Civil War — a wide array of memoirs, political tracts, published legislative proceedings, and broadsides
    • Reconstruction — records that describe the reorganization and re-establishment of the seceded states in the Union after the Civil War
    • American women — education, civil rights, domestic life, and employment
    • Native Americans — essays, booklets, treaties, land tracts, congressional speeches, journals, and letters that document social attitudes and personal experiences
    • Immigration — pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, articles, and books
    • Constitution — pamphlets, letters, speeches, and essays provide detailed information about the early political organization of the American colonies

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    Timestamp: 19 May 2022 - 9:20am
  • Publication of a paper on Visualization of French Book Covers from the Liberation Collection (1944-1946) at Cambridge University Library

    A few years ago, Cambridge University Library funded a temporary position to finish most of the cataloguing of the Chadwyck-Healey Liberation collection, which is now considered complete and contains more than 3,200 titles, mostly French, published between the summer of … Continue reading →
    Timestamp: 17 May 2022 - 10:29am