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Using the library at a distance

Get access to research and support wherever you are. This page is constantly being updated as new services are developed to respond to circumstances.

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  • Resources (print, online, ILL)
  • Support (email, office hours, enquiry form, writing support)


Print resources

While we can't provide print resources at the moment, Cambridge University Libraries are trying to acquire books as e-books, where they exist. If you would like to suggest an ebook purchase, please use the 'Suggest a Book' form.

Recalls are suspended for this period, so you won't be expected to post books back to the library. Books will be automatically renewed and so you will not be fined by Wolfson Library not matter how long you keep books that you have borrowed.


While you do not have access to print resources when working at a distance from Cambridge, there are a host of e-resources you can read anywhere in the world.


Always search for e-resources from iDiscover or the A-Z Database listing page to see what we have access to. Click on the link from here and you will be prompted for your Raven username and password. This should give you access to the resource. Alternatively, install Lean Library. This browser extension will automatically detect when you are on a website and you have access thanks to the subscriptions of Cambridge University Libraries. This is particularly useful if you are searching a non-university database such as Google Scholar. Lean Library will automatically deliver you an Open Access version of an article - if one is available - whenever Cambridge University Libraries do not provide subscription access. While we recommend Lean Library, other Open Access plugins are available.


The University of Cambridge has access to over 1.5 million ebooks from a wide variety of publishers and platforms. To make use of our extensive ebook collections, search for them on iDiscover using the 'Cambridge Libraries Collections' search and limit to 'ebooks' by clicking on the filter in the search box (or under it when on mobile) that says 'All libraries'. More information is available on the ebooks LibGuide.

Articles and e-journals

There is a dedicated search box for journals and articles or you can search iDiscover directly. Select the middle radio button: 'Articles and online resources'. From the results screen, use the limiting options to select 'Full-text Online' under the 'Availability' filter or to limit by 'article' or 'journal' under the 'Resource Type' filter.

Additional e-resources 

Publishers are providing access to certain e-resources, including e-books, during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak. A separate A-Z database listing has been compiled for these resources and it is possible to limit them by subject area.

Support at Wolfson


Find out what is going on in Off The Shelf, the Library newsletter, mailed to you weekly or available online.

Quick Questions

Use our library web pages or email us at We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Office Hours

Every weekday we are online to answer your library and skills questions from 13:30-15:30 BST.

You can message library staff on Teams and we'll get back to you straightaway (unless of course we are messaging another student!). If these times don't suit you, feel free to message us and we'll get back to you asap or send us an email.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday start a chat with Laura Jeffrey (lkj26). On Tuesday and Thursday chat with Meg Westbury (mw528). If you aren't using Teams yet, find out more from UIS. Remember to log in with your CRSid.

Detailed queries

For more in-depth questions that you might have popped in to see us about, such as advice on literature searching or how to use Zotero, fill in this form. We ask for some information and your preferred method for us to get back to you. We can email, send you step-by-step instructions, make a short video demonstration, or arrange a video call on Microsoft Teams. We can't guarantee we'll be able to support you in your preferred way, but we'll do our best.

Academic skills

The Wolfson College LibGuide provides tips, tools and how-to guides 24/7. There a section specifically for Working Remotely, videos showing you how to use reference management software Zotero and Mendeley, there are note-making templates, and a list of tools to help you beat digital distractions, which can be hard when working on your own.

WolfWorks is running remotely this term with materials on time management, avoiding digital distractions and setting up an online profile. Other resources to follow will be on writing a dissertation or thesis.

Writing support

Looking to improve your academic writing or just be more productive? The Wolfson Library is now offering online 121 writing tutorials that focus on aspects of style in your academic writing. We are holding virtual shut-up-and-write sessions on Wednesday afternoons to encourage writing productivity. Book places now!

Other libraries in Cambridge 

The University Library and departmental and faculty libraries are also closed. They have produced a page of FAQs detailing their services for the foreseeable future.


What's on


Humanities Society - Rethinking the Emergence of the English

02/06/2020 at 18.00

The Humanities Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2020, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

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Virtual Shut Up and Write Sessions

03/06/2020 at 12.00

Up your writing game wherever you are! Virtual Shut Up and Write sessions are quiet times to write in a distraction-free environment. Protect your writing time and maintain an online  community with other Wolfson students. Think of it as your writing oasis!

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CANCELLED Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lecture - Dr Nicola Rollock

04/06/2020 at 17.30

CANCELLED. The 2020 'Lee Sing Tee Distinguished Lecture' will be given by Dr Nicola Rollock, who will share with us her thoughts and research on racial justice in education.

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Science Society - Why Can't I Get Rid of This Belief?

05/06/2020 at 18.00

The Science Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2020, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

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CANCELLED President's Cup Cricket Match

07/06/2020 at 10.00

We are sorry to say that owing to the current coronavirus outbreak, this event has been cancelled. 

Come and join us to see whether the President's team keep the trophy or whether the students can triumph as part of this annual Wolfson College tradition! 

More details to follow.