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 at https://www.wolfson.cam.ac.uk/current-students/library
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.
Publishers are providing access to certain e-resources, including e-books, during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak. This information is rapidly changing and not all are listed in iDiscover or on the A-Z platform just yet. The most comprehensive information is in a spreadsheet provided by the e-resources team.
Inter-library print loans cannot be supplied as this material has to be read on Library premises and many other libraries in the UK are now closed and unable to circulate new loan requests. Where possible, the University Libraries will try to match your request to an ebook purchase. To recommend an ebook for acquisition please use the form at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/book-recommend.
Electronic inter-library delivery is possible for journal articles or dissertations, and this will be a free service during the Coronavirus closure period. IMPORTANT: this could be withdrawn at short notice as we are dependent on services of other institutions, particularly the British Library, being maintained.
Please check available resources carefully before sending your request in https://www.libraries.cam.ac.uk/eresources
Contact the following with your request:
- ILL@lib.cam.ac.uk (University Library)
- email@example.com (English Library for Humanities and Social Sciences requests)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Medical Library)
- email@example.com (Moore Library for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths requests)
Please note that although this service is currently free, Cambridge University Libraries reserve the right to impose a cap on the number of requests.
Use our library web pages or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
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. At the moment we are using Zoom but hope to be able to use Teams for this shortly. We can't guarantee we'll be able to support you in your preferred way, but we'll do our best.
The Wolfson College LibGuide provides tips, tools and how-to guides 24/7. There are 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.
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.