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Printed books

Use iDiscover to search the University’s libraries print and online collections using a single search. Find journal articles, books, ebooks, ejournals, videos, theses, open access content and more. You can filter and refine your searches by location, format, date of publication etc. iDiscover also has a mobile interface. Consult this LibGuide for help on using iDiscover. All of our printed books are catalogued on iDiscover.

The PC next to the self-issue machine in the library is dedicated to catalogue searching.

Books in the Chemistry Library are organised on the shelves according to the Library of Congress system.#

What does "Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries" mean?

Where it says on a record for a journal or a book that "Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries", this means that it is an e-legal deposit copy. Cambridge University Library is one of six 'legal deposit' libraries in the UK & Ireland. This means it must receive a copy of every book and journal published in the UK from the publisher, for free. Recently the law was changed to include electronic books and journals and so many publishers now choose to deposit the online versions instead. These items are available on designated PCs in the main University Library and Affiliated Libraries only (which does not include the Chemistry Library), please see this website for more information on how to access them.

What does "UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan" mean?

Many items are currently being held in an off-site store which is not accessible, i.e. a 'dark' store. If a record on iDiscover says that an item's location is "UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan" this means that you need to make a free request for it as an Inter-Library Loan item. We recommend that you use the Betty & Gordon Moore library's Inter-Library Loan service to do this (see the 'University Library Temporary Store' section of this website for more information).

Ebooks

You can also access e-books through iDiscover i.e. if you perform a catalogue search for a book and there is an electronic book version of it available, you will retrieve a record for it which will contain a direct link to that e-book. 

The e-books provide online versions of complete texts, allowing readers to search, print and download sections of works (subject to the usual copyright restrictions where you may only copy up to 5% or one whole chapter, whichever is greater, from a book). Additionally, they offer features such as dictionary checking and citation export; electronic notes and bookmarks can be made by creating a personal account. Some e-books can also be downloaded to mobile devices.

Please see the ebooks@cambridge website for further information on which ebooks are available in the university, and how to make the most of them.

New ebooks purchased by the University are advertised on the Chemistry Library blog and the ebooks@cambridge blog.

Here is a list of some chemistry related ebooks that have been purchased so far.

Library Toolbox 

The University Library operates an ezproxy server to enable off campus access to ebooks and other subscribed online resources. Using the Off-campus access bookmarklet you can reload any page through their proxy server.

Using and borrowing books from other libraries

You are able to access most other libraries in Cambridge (except for college libraries which generally only admit their own members). We recommend that you consult the Libraries Directory website to look up the library and find out its location, admission policies, opening hours, etc. before you visit.

The Chemistry Library has reciprocal arrangements in place with some Cambridge libraries whereby library staff will scan book chapters on behalf of our readers, and vice-versa, so before you make a special visit to another library please check with us first to see if this service is possible.

The Betty & Gordon Moore Library offers a free 'Scan & Deliver' service to get remote access to any of its material that is not currently available electronically, which includes book chapters.

Online reference works

All of these works can be accessed via iDiscover and accessed off-campus using your Raven password where prompted for it unless stated otherwise:

In addition, Oxford Reference Online brings together many of Oxford University Press's most popular reference titles, including subject and concise/pocket language dictionaries, into a single, cross-searchable, collection, making it a unique tool for reference enquiries. The collection includes 46 titles covering science and technology. A list of titles arranged alphabetically can be viewed here.

How to find a book or book chapter not available in Cambridge

The Chemistry Library has a Document Supply account with the British Library. Please visit the Request items not held in Cambridge page for more information.

How to recommend a book or ebook for purchase by the Chemistry Library

Please visit the Recommend a book or other resource page.