Using the library during COVID-19

This page will be regularly updated to provide advice and links to accessing remote content while the Library is closed. Please also see the page set up by Cambridge University Library: For information about their zero-contact services, including click-and-collect and scan-and-deliver:

Print resources

We have suspended recalls for this closure period and will automatically renew books so you will not have to return books to the Library until the beginning of Michaelmas Term. No fines will be accrued during this time.

The Librarian is mostly working from home, but is coming in two days per week (usually Tuesday and Friday) to provide scan-and-deliver and click-and-collect services. We will continue to purchase books for users on appropriate recommendation; these will be e-books unless this is not possible. If you have any questions please contact the Librarian at


Search for e-resources from iDiscover or the A-Z Databases page. Please check the A-Z Databases page for the date access terminates for each e-resource opened up for COVID-19.


The University has access to 800,000 ebooks off-campus from a wide variety of publishers and most are available through links in the iDiscover catalogue. More information can be found at: The University is acquiring more ebooks daily to support students. If you need a book and it is not yet available electronically they can help obtaining it as an ebook if it is available from the publisher.

To recommend an ebook for acquisition please use the form: or ask us to do so on your behalf at

Cambridge University Press has made all 700 titles in its textbook collection available in HTML format free of charge on its new Higher Education platform, to be launched in August, until 31st July 2021. More information to follow.

The University Library has now subscribed to ProQuest’s Academic Complete and EBSCO’s eBook Academic collections.

Manchester University Press – temporary access to all collections during COVID-19: until 31st August 2020.

Articles and e-journals

The easiest way to find e-journals is to use the dedicated search box here. Alternatively, search iDiscover directly by selecting the 'Articles and online resources' button. You can select 'Full-text Online' under the 'Availability' filter or to limit by 'article' or 'journal' under the 'Resource Type' filter.

Additional resources 

Further information on e-resources, e-books, e-journals, online newspapers, databases, and other resources available during the COVID-19 outbreak to members of the University of Cambridge are listed here: