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Finding theses

It is not currently possible to make an online request for theses via iDiscover but you can order either:

  • in person in the Manuscripts Reading Room, or
  • by sending an email to, or
  • by phoning 01223 333143

Please give as much notice as possible when ordering by email – we do not fetch over the lunch period (12:30-14:00) and during busy periods we may not be able to answer your email immediately.

Please note that theses dating prior to 2007 are stored offsite and require a notice period of 24 hours to be made available for consultation.  The classmarks covered by these requirements are PhD.1 - PhD.29839.

University of Cambridge theses are not available for inter-library loan. We can supply copies of theses to individuals for research. Information on how to order and image prices is available on the Digital Content Unit web pages. If you have any questions please email

To purchase a copy for library stock you will need the author's permission. You should ask him/her to write to the Digital Content Unit (signed PDF, fax or handwritten letter) giving his/her approval.