The Virtual Library

Library staff are available to help with enquiries 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm Monday to Friday. Just email if you need help finding resources for your studies or would like any other library or reading-related advice.

The University Library has compiled a guide to accessing electronic resources remotely. This is a great starting point for finding and using the ever-expanding e-resources of the University’s libraries.

Finding ebooks

Search for ebooks on iDiscover by typing keywords into the search box and selecting ‘ebooks’ from the dropdown menu. The results will appear with a green link to ‘Online access’. If you are logged in to iDiscover, this link should take you straight to the resource. If not, you may need to enter your Raven details to access the ebook. This video will show you have to find and use ebooks. For more information, visit the ebooks LibGuide.

Finding articles and journals online

Search for articles or journals on iDiscover by selecting the ‘Articles and online resources’ radio button and typing keywords into the search box. When the results appear, you can set filters on the right of the screen to limit your selection to ‘Full Text Online’ under Availability, or to ‘Articles’ or ‘Journals’ under Resource Type.

Disabled readers

The Libraries Accessibility Service will prioritise services to support disabled readers. If you are a disabled library user and have an enquiry or request, you can use the fast-track email to request resources in an accessible format. You can also use the SensusAccess tool to create an alternative format document.

LibKey Nomad and Lean Library

These are browser extensions that will allow you to skip log-in steps if you are searching for articles in different databases (such as Google Scholar or PubMed). They will detect when you have access to an online resource via a Cambridge University Libraries subscription. Find out more here.

Requests for ebooks and other online resources

If the book, journal, or database you require is not available online, you can request its purchase in an electronic format. You can do this by completing the UL book recommendation form:

If you’re having trouble tracking down an e-journal article, please email and we’ll try to find it for you.

Study skills: reading on screens

We are all reading online much more than ever before, and becoming increasingly reliant on electronic materials. The Reading on screens LibGuide features advice on how to make reading on screens easier, including alternative formats, accessibility features, and note-taking, as well as how to navigate different ebook formats and platforms.

Virtual tour

If you want to re-visit the College Library you can explore our study spaces on this virtual tour.

Social Media

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