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Cambridge University Libraries are gradually reopening. Access support and services to help you learn, teach and research.

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remote access

Here is how we will help you to keep studying, teaching and researching

Cambridge University Libraries are providing a blend of online and controlled in-person services, designed to give you the access you need to resources and support while keeping you and library staff safe.  

We have vastly increased the availability of online resources and services to complement controlled access to physical collections.

All of our electronic resources, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases are available from any location worldwide, with the exception of titles received through electronic legal deposit, for current students and staff of the University of Cambridge. 

You can also access expert help from libraries staff to help you find and use the resources that are important to your work - all you need are your computer or mobile device, your University Raven password and an internet connection. Simply log in with your Raven ID and password when prompted - this may be referred to as an Institutional Login. VPN access will also allow you to continue accessing our electronic resources; find instructions on setting up a VPN here.


Our remote services

Our LibGuides will help you navigate the library online, showing you how to:

  • find recommended resources for your subject, discipline or topic 

  • discover who to ask for help if you get stuck 

  • develop study skills to work more effectively and efficiently.      

Our Michaelmas term training courses are running online, and you can book a remote library induction session to help you get the most out our services. These courses are available to all students, staff and other members of the University. They are free - explore the programme and book to secure your place.

Libraries staff are also on hand to answer your questions directly; contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

General enquiries library@lib.cam.ac.uk
E-journals & e-resources support ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk
E-books support ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk
Ravin login assistance raven@lib.cam.ac.uk
Information skills for undergraduates and taught Master's students  https://camguides.lib.cam.ac.uk/
Scholarly communication and research skills https://osc.cam.ac.uk/
Open Access queries visit https://www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk/ or email info@openaccess.cam.ac.uk.
Research Data Management queries visit https://www.data.cam.ac.uk/ or email info@data.cam.ac.uk.
Subject-specific queries

Our Faculty and Department Library teams are running virtual helpdesks to answer your subject and information enquiries. Visit the website of your Faculty or Department Library for details of how to contact the team.

 

Journals and databases

Over 130,000 ejournal titles and 400 databases are available off-campus. More information on how to discover and search them can be found on our eresources pages. You can also find free open access research outputs on the institutional research repositories round the world. These should appear in a Google search, but you can also search Cambridge’s institutional repository, Apollo

A list of additional e-resources made freely available during the outbreak through the generosity of publishers can be accessed through this page.


ebooks

The University has access to over 1.2 million ebooks off-campus from a wide variety of publishers and most are available through links in the iDiscover catalogue. More information can be found in the Cambridge ebooks LibGuide

We are acquiring more ebooks daily, particularly to support University students. If you need a book and it is not already available electronically to you, we can help by obtaining it as an ebook if it is available from the publisher.

You can recommend an ebook for acquisition

A list of additional e-resources, including ebooks, made freely available during the outbreak through the generosity of publishers can be accessed through this page.


Electronic Legal Deposit

Electronic legal deposit books, journals and web content cannot be made available electronically beyond the physical premises of Cambridge University Libraries under the terms of current legal deposit legislation.  This can only be changed by government through new legislation. 
 
If you require access to material that is only held by the Library as an electronic legal deposit item, you can book a visit to view it on a Library PC or request a print-out of an article or chapter.  


Inter-Library Loans

Inter-library print loans cannot be supplied at the moment as many other libraries in the UK are unable to circulate new loan requests. Where possible, we will try to match your request to an ebook purchase.  You can recommend an ebook for acquisition. 

Electronic inter-library delivery is dependent on the British Library Document Supply Service, which is currently operating a very limited service prioritising NHS and Covid-19 related requests.  For more information see the British Library On Demand service web pages

The University Library can apply for articles/chapters from part of the BL collections, some overseas libraries and some American Ph.D. theses. Please check our available resources carefully before sending your request.

Contact the following with your request

University Library ILL@lib.cam.ac.uk
Medical Library - for all Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths requests illreq@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Please note that although this service is currently free, we reserve the right to impose a cap on the number of requests.  


Physical books

Books on loan from the main University Library, faculty and departmental libraries, and some college libraries will auto-renew. Please check the latest information in the Borrowing LibGuide. No one will face library fines for any late returns. 

Find guidance about how to return library books here

Readers also now have various options in terms of accessing the University Library's physical collections:


Readers with disabilities

If you are a library user with a disability and have an enquiry or request, please get in touch using the email address disability@lib.cam.ac.uk. If you need resources in an accessible format we will continue to support you remotely wherever possible from the available electronic resources. You can use the SensusAccess tool to create an alternative format document. Click here to use SensusAccess. We will prioritise services to support readers with disabilities.


We are doing all we can to provide access to our digital resources, and make more available where feasible. We are working in a way that ensures the safety of libraries staff, and ask for your patience and courtesy in communications.