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remote access

Cambridge University Libraries provide a blend of services designed to give you the access you need to resources and support, and our online resources and services complement access to the physical collections.

These online resources and services are available to all users in the University Library. Current students and staff of the University of Cambridge can also access these online resources from any location worldwide, with the exception of titles received through electronic legal deposit.  

Resources online

Discover how to find and use articles, journals, databases and books online


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 come to the UL to view it on a Library PC or request a print-out of an article or chapter.  




Our online LibGuides help you 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.      


Study skills training

Many of our training courses are run online. Explore our Library Study Skills Catalogue to discover courses for all students, staff and other members of the University. They are free - explore the programme and book to secure your place.


Our helpdesks

You can contact libraries staff via these helpdesks and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

General enquiries
Electronic Collections support (E-journals & e-resources)
E-books support
Ravin login assistance
Information skills for undergraduates and taught Master's students
Scholarly communication and research skills
Open Access queries visit, email
Research Data Management queries visit, email
Subject-specific queries

Our Faculty and Department Library teams are running virtual helpdesks, 1-2-1 video meetings and virtual chats to answer your subject and information enquiries.