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This web page is the definitive place to find information on Chemistry Library services during the pandemic. It will be updated regularly, so please check this page before visiting the library or emailing us to ask a question.

Last updated 30th May 2022

Access and opening hours - NST Chemistry undergraduates

Supervisions can now only take place in the library after 17:00 on weekdays. 

Part IA students

Part IA students cannot visit the library unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please contact us.

Part IB, Part II and Part III students

Part IB, Part II and Part III students can use the library for private study during the following times: 08:00-19:00 weekdays, 09:00-13:00 Saturdays. They can also browse the shelves for and to borrow/return books using the self-issue machine, or attend supervisions in the library.

Part IB, Part II and Part III students should find that their card will give them access to the building and operate the turnstiles 08:00-20:00 weekdays and 09:00-13:00 Saturdays. Students must exit the Department before 20:00 on weekdays and 13:00 on Saturdays otherwise they will find themselves trapped. If a student is having a supervision outside these hours their supervisor must collect them from the main entrance and escort them out of the building at the end of the supervision.

  • Note that those using the library for private study will have to tolerate the noise from supervisions. 
  • There is no longer any social distancing in place.
  • Seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Face coverings are no longer required from 26th May 2022.

Additional notes for undergraduates

  • Please see our Borrowing Books website to find out how to borrow and return books using the self-issue machine, how many books you can borrow and how long for.
  • Please see our Reading Lists Online website to see reading lists for NST Chemistry, whether the books are in print or electronic format.
  • Please visit our How to access online resources remotely page for essential information on how to access the ebooks, online journals and databases you need.
  • Cambridge University Libraries has produced this video for new students which introduces libraries at the University of Cambridge and its colleges. 
  • Remember that your college library can still support you, particularly with your teaching and learning needs, but also to help you feel part of your usual college community.
  • Try using SpaceFinder to locate study spaces available in Cambridge Libraries and other venues around the city. Find other library websites on the Cambridge Libraries Directory.

Access and opening hours - All other members of the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

All other members of the Department are free to use the library as a writing/study space, as well as to browse for and borrow/return books using the self-service machine, or to deliver supervisions. They have access to the library at any time the Department is open (08:00-11:55, 7 days per week)

Supervisions (see below for more information) can now only take place in the library after 17:00 on weekdays. There is currently no booking system in place; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis until further notice.

Please note:

  • Face coverings are no longer required from 26th May 2022.
  • Due to supervisions taking place in the library it might be noisy. 
  • There is no longer any social distancing in place.
  • Please see what services will be available below.

Access and opening hours - Non-members of the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

Non-members of the Department do not normally have any access to the library. Access may be granted (depending on staff availability) at a specific time to consult specific materials; we regret that the Library cannot be used as a general study space. Please email library@ch.cam.ac.uk at least 24 hours in advance to arrange your visit, stating why access is required. Access is possible 09:30-16:30 Monday to Thursday; 09:30-16:00 on Fridays. Reception will issue a temporary access card which should be returned by 17:00 at the latest the same day, otherwise a fee will be charged.

Supervisions

The library can be used for supervisions after 17:00 on weekdays: 

  • Face coverings are no longer required from 26th May 2022.
  • White boards are provided for supervisors to use. Suitable pens can be purchased from Stores or the Cyber Café. 
  • Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis: no booking is possible.
  • Part II and Part III students should find that their card will give them access to the building and operate the turnstiles 08:00-20:00 weekdays and 09:00-13:00 Saturdays. Students must exit the Department before 20:00 on weekdays and 13:00 on Saturdays otherwise they will find themselves trapped. If a student is having a supervision outside these hours their supervisor must collect them from the main entrance and escort them out of the building at the end of the supervision.

Any questions or issues regarding the supervisions process should be addressed to Dr James Keeler, Head of Department.

Health and safety information - important

  • Anti-viral cleaning spray and paper towels are available throughout the library. You may use these to wipe down equipment and desk surfaces before and after use, should you wish.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the library. 
  • Face coverings are no longer required from 26th May 2022.
  • It is forbidden to bring food into the library. 
  • Drinks (hot or cold) can be brought in to the library but only if they are in a sealed, spill-proof container such as a sports bottle, travel mug or keep cup. Department branded travel mugs can be purchased from the Cybercafe for just £4.50.

Remote access to online resources (i.e. journal articles, databases, ebooks)

Please see our How to access online resources remotely page for guidance. This is regularly updated.

Services

Browse & Borrow

The self-service machine is available for use to borrow and return books. When returning books using the self-service machine, place the book(s) next to the machine, and library staff will re-shelve them for you. We have removed the Book Returns crate from the Department foyer.

Please see our Borrowing Books page for details of how many books can be borrowed, loan periods, etc.

Please see these blog posts on how to use the self-service machine to: borrow books and renew books/see what you have on loan from Cambridge Libraries. If you have any problems using the machine please contact us at library@ch.cam.ac.uk.

Computing

All computers have been removed so you will need to bring your own device. You might be able to print wirelessly using the MFD, however, please see below. Power points are available on most desks and the library has WiFi throughout (ChemNet, eduroam, UniOfCam networks).

Printing, scanning, copying

The MFD (MultiFunctional Device for printing, scanning, copying) is available. You can use the Mobility Print or PaperCut Cloud Print (for smartphones and tablets, Windows, macOS and Chrome OS) services to print to the MFD via the University network. Scans are created as PDFs and sent to your @cam address.

Please see our IT Facilities web page (created pre-COVID but much of the information applies) for information on crediting your DS-Print account when using the MFD to copy and print (scanning is free of charge). 

Chemistry Library: The Virtual Tour

Please watch our lovely new 3.5 minute video (many thanks to Photography & Reprographics!) which will give you a good idea of how the physical library space is usually organised.

Please see information below on what changes have been necessary to make to the physical space during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please see also this 360 degree image of the library (click on the 'Explore 360' link and use the arrows to view and move around the space, and click on the 'i' buttons for further information).

Training and research skills support

See also our Research Skills website.

The Chemistry Library will be delivering online training and induction as part of the Department's Graduate Education Programme (Information Systems theme).

Cambridge University Libraries are delivering an expanded programme of webinars on research skills to support graduate students and other researchers in STEMM disciplines during Lent Term (CUL Research Skills theme). It covers topics such as note making for theses and dissertations, how to nail your literature review, writing for publication, copyright and Creative Commons, referencing, and sharing your research online. All courses are free but please book a place.

The Cambridge University Libraries Research Skills Programme is available again. It offers online modules in Publishing in Journals, Publishing in Academic Books, Copyright and Licences, Research Data Management, Searching the Literature, Build Your Online Profile, and Research Metrics.

There is Physical Sciences support, find out how they can help you by watching this very short video.

The West Hub Library (see below) has an Easter Term Programme offering workshops covering topics such as managing study stress, revising like a pro, making effective use of your study break time, researching your future employer, LinkedIn, designing posters, giving presentations, referencing skills.

There are a couple of courses designed by Cambridge Libraries to help you develop literature searching and critical reading skills when locating and reading the literature you have found:

  • Literature Searching online, self-paced course, self-enrolled. Aimed at undergraduates but suitable for all.
  • Critical Reading introductory, online, self-paced course, self-enrolled. Suitable for all.

Other Cambridge Libraries services

Keep up to date with the services that other libraries are offering by visiting the Faculty and Department Libraries directory.

In particular, the Betty & Gordon Moore Library has collections in mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer, materials, engineering, biological, chemical, earth and environmental science. It works alongside faculty libraries to offer materials and support to a range of users across Cambridge. See their Library Induction website. They are operating various Reduced Contact Services.

The University Library is also operating similar Reduced Contact Services, as well as the Medical Library.

New to the West Cambridge campus is the West Hub. The West Hub Library forms part of the Technology Libraries Team, including specialists supporting the University's Departments of Engineering, Computer Science and Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, but the Hub is open to all members of the University for study, collaboration, and socialising.

Accessibility and Disability

The more virtual way of working at the moment means that you will need to access online resources for your study and research, and this can be complicated if you have accessibility and/or disability requirements:

Wellbeing 

We have reinstated our Wellbeing Area for everyone to use.

The University Library's Accessibility Services team (see above) has begun to bring some wellbeing titles together in a Wellbeing ebooks collection reading list. Click on the blue 'View online' link to view an ebook; you will be taken to iDiscover where you should click on the green 'Online access' link to view the book (Raven login may be required). They are happy to receive new title or new topic suggestions from members of the Department. Please email ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk to make a recommendation. 

Contact Us

Library staff will not always be working in the library office or be able to talk to you in person or by phone. If you have any issues with the physical library space, or have any other queries, please contact us at library@ch.cam.ac.uk (i.e. NOT our personal email addresses, as this allows us to share the workload). 

You are very welcome to email us to arrange a 1:1 appointment via Teams or Zoom if it's easier to talk about something face to face - we would love to hear from you!  

We can do the following remotely:

  • Run our usual enquiry service - ask us anything!
  • Help you get access to journal articles, books and book chapters, whether online or in print format.
  • Request the purchase of ebooks for lecturers to use in their teaching, as well as research level ebooks.
  • Amend borrower records, renew books etc. on the library management system.
  • Request scans of articles and book chapters from the British Library Document Supply Service (as long as the British Library can supply them, see below)
  • Answer Symplectic Elements queries.
  • Credit local balances on DS-Print and charge them to grant ledgers/codes.
  • Sign Leavers' Forms.
  • Advise you on open research (open access publishing and open data), as well as on research data management.
  • Tweet! (please follow us at @chemlibcam so we can keep in touch, and retweet your research outputs to maximise your impact)
  • Keep you updated with any additional services that we might be able to offer as part of a wider Cambridge libraries service, such as useful websites, online training delivery, zero contact services.

Many thanks, from Clair and Mike