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Welcome to 2021-22

This web page is the definitive place to find information on Chemistry Library services during the COVID-19 outbreak. It will be updated regularly, so please check this page before visiting the library or emailing us to ask a question.

Last updated 20th January 2022

The Chemistry Library is open but in a very limited way. Please use our remote services in the first instance.

Access and opening hours - Chemistry undergraduates

The library is primarily being used as a supervision space. Supervisions can take place in the library after 14:00 on weekdays, and at any time during the weekend. 

Part IA students cannot visit the library.

Part IB students can only visit the library (08:00-19:00 on weekdays) to browse the shelves for and to borrow/return books using the self-issue machine, or to attend supervisions in the library, but not for writing/study. 

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 to attend supervisions in the library.

  • Note that supervisions are permitted in the library after 14:00 on weekdays and anytime on Saturdays; those using the library for private study will have to tolerate the noise from supervisions. 
  • Those using the library for private study must seat themselves at least 2 m from other users. If no such seats are available that conform with this requirement then you cannot use the library.
  • Seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Once seated in the library you may remove your face covering but face coverings must be used when moving about the library.
  • 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.

Please note that books can alternatively be returned to crates in the Department foyer to avoid moving through the Department building.

  • 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 website to see reading lists online 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.

Cambridge Libraries: 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 this can be complicated if you have accessibility and/or disability requirements. The new Libraries Accessibility Service has recently launched a new accessibility & disability LibGuide for students. The LibGuide pulls together information about accessibility services (including accessible readings, catalogues and reading lists, eresource platforms, assistive technology) and signposts sources of help.

There is also a Reading on screens LibGuide which covers topics such as making reading on screens easier, alternative formats, taking notes, and useful links.

Proxy borrowing is available - if you would like to have someone else borrow books on your behalf, please contact readerservices@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Wellbeing ebooks collection reading list

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 staff and students. Please email ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk to make a recommendation. 

The only other information that applies to undergraduates here is in the 'Health and safety information', 'Browse & Borrow', and 'Contact Us' sections below. 

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

The library is primarily being used as a supervision space. Supervisions (see below for more information) can take place in the library after 14:00 on weekdays, and at any time during the weekend. There is currently no booking system in place; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis until further notice.

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.

Please note:

  • You must wear a face covering when in the library.
  • Books can alternatively be returned to crates in the Department foyer to avoid moving through the Department building.
  • Due to supervisions taking place in the library it might be noisy. 
  • Please see what services will be available below.
  • You will have access to the library at any time the Department is open (08:00-11:55, 7 days per week)

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

Non-members of the Department do not have any access to the library.

Supervisions

There are a number of locations around the Department which can be used for undergraduate supervision. Regardless of the location used supervisors are reminded of the need to maintain social distance, maximise ventilation, and use appropriate cleaning between sessions. Once seated in the library you may remove your face covering but face coverings must be used when moving about the library.

The library can be used for supervisions after 14:00 on weekdays and at any time during the weekend. Those using the Library for private study must seat themselves at least 2 m from other users.  If no such seats are available that conform with this requirement then you cannot use the Library.  

During service hours (09:00 - 16:00) the Cyber Café is not available for use as a study area or for supervisions. Outside these hours, you are welcome to use the Cyber Café for these activities. The seats are deliberately spaced out in the Cyber Café. Please do not move the chairs around.

In both these locations white boards are provided for supervisors to use. Suitable pens can be purchased from Stores or the Cyber Café. These areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis: no booking is possible.

Lecture theatres and seminar rooms, when not booked for other activities can also be used, as can the balcony over the foyer to the BMS lecture theatre. Seminar rooms cannot be pre-booked for supervisions.

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. Please use these to wipe down equipment and desk surfaces before and after use.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the library. Please use this to wash your hands regularly while in the library.
  • Avoid touching your face when using shared equipment and/or handling books.
  • Face coverings continue to be required in the Department (unless the person is exempted) in all public areas and circulation spaces (including the library) with the exception of when eating/drinking while seated in Cyber Café.
  • One-way systems are in place in the library. 
  • Please keep a minimum of 1m distance from other library users.
  • It is forbidden to bring food into the library. 
  • The Cyber Café will not be available to undergraduates, expect for Part III students.
  • 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.
  • The lifts are only to be used for transporting heavy items or by those who cannot use the stairs.

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 will be available for use to borrow and return books. Please sanitise your hands, and spray and wipe the machine, before and after use, using the materials provided there. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands regularly while browsing and reading books.

You can return books to crates provided in the Department foyer if you want to avoid walking through the Department and up to the library. Otherwise, please return books using the self-service machine, place the book(s) next to the machine, and library staff will re-shelve them for you.

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 (ChemNet, eduroam, UniOfCam networks).

Printing, scanning, copying

The MFD (MultiFunctional Device for printing, scanning, copying) will be available. Please sanitise your hands, and spray and wipe the MFD, before and after use, using the materials provided there.

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). This page also explains how you can use the Mobility Print service to print wirelessly to the MFD. Scans are created as PDFs and sent to your @cam address.

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).

Changes to the physical space due to COVID-19:

  • All IT equipment has been removed, except for the MFD and self-service machine. Please see above.
  • The Wellbeing Area has been taken out of use.
  • Highly 'touchable' items including the molecular models, book rests, scrap paper box, and the Raspberry Pis have been removed.
  • All furniture not required for supervisions has been taken out of use (i.e. comfy seating area, chairs, bean bags).
  • Heaters, fan, and blankets have been removed.

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. Their 'Know Moore About' research skills programme is back for Michaelmas Term 2021 and is aimed at all Physical Sciences students and researchers and STEMM students. Topics include: copyright, literature searching, referencing, open access publishing, promoting yourself and your research, and they are offering virtual drop-in clinics on these topics.

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.

Open research training (on open access and open data related topics) and guidance is delivered by the Office of Scholarly Communication.

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 2020 website. They are operating various Zero Contact Services.

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

Cambridge Libraries: 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 this can be complicated if you have accessibility and/or disability requirements. The new Libraries Accessibility Service has recently launched a new accessibility & disability LibGuide for students. The LibGuide pulls together information about accessibility services (including accessible readings, catalogues and reading lists, eresource platforms, assistive technology) and signposts sources of help.

There is also a Reading on screens LibGuide which covers topics such as making reading on screens easier, alternative formats, taking notes, and useful links.

Wellbeing ebooks collection reading list

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 staff and students. Please email ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk to make a recommendation. 

Contact Us

We will continue to do our best to provide a remote library service to you during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Library staff will not be working in the library office and will not 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.

 

We wish you the very best of luck for the new academic year in these strange times!

Clair and Mike