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:

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 during Easter Term. No fines will be accrued during this time. Due to the current government restrictions the Librarian is working from home, but aims to come in occasionally to provide scans or to put requested books in the pigeon holes of students remaining in College (so long as it is safe to do so). 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.An A-Z list of resources opened for COVID-19 is available here:


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

For the duration of this crisis, Cambridge University Press has made all 700 titles in its textbook collection available in HTML format free of charge on its Cambridge Core platform.

EBSCO's eBook Academic Collection is now available on trial access to University of Cambridge readers with a Raven account.  It holds over 200,000 titles across a wide range of A&H, HSS, and STEMM subjects.

ProQuest's Academic Complete ebook collection of 180,000 titles is online as a free trial, from the following link:

Manchester University Press – temporary access to all collections during COVID-19:

If you need a resource from Perlego, the UL has a limited number of log-ins until 4th July 2020, so please contact the Librarian for further details.

For Medical Students, we have free trial access to McGraw-Hill's AccessMedicine collection until the 30th June 2020:

BibliU is offering core e-textbooks until the end of June from Oxford University Press, SAGE, Elsevier, Pearson, Cengage, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill (selected titles), Bloomsbury, FA Davis, Springer Nature, WW Norton, and Guilford Press:

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: