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    Using the library during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Please see below for information about how to access library resources, your current loans and links and information to other online resources.  

    If you have any questions please contact a member of library staff on We are currently running a hybrid service with staff working from home but coming into college twice a week on average. Keep up to date with library news and developments by following our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Browsing the library and borrowing books

    While there is currently no access to the physical library space, we regret that you cannot browse the library and borrow books yourselves. However, we have put in place several measures to help you to access our library resources.

    1. A Click and Collect service is now available for students residing in college and we can now offer this to others who live in and around Cambridge. These items can be collected from the Click and Collect area in the IT Resource Centre.
    2. We are also now able to offer a local Scan & Deliver service to current Murray Edwards College students, staff and fellows. You will be able to request an individual scanned copy of one chapter (or 5%) of a monograph held in the Rosemary Murray library. 
    3. We are aware that there may be times where you may need more than one chapter from the same book, and in exceptional circumstances, we may consider posting out the book to you. This will be in place until the end of the summer vacation. In that case, please contact us to discuss how we can help.

    If there is an item(s) in the Rosemary Murray Library that you would like to borrow or have scanned for you, please email the library at with the details of the item(s) as found on iDiscover

    Starting from the beginning of Michaelmas Term

    We will be offering bookable slots to browse the library, these will be for 30 minute slots only to allow for social distancing and to enable as many students as possible to safely visit the library. The Click and Collect and Scan and Deliver services will remain available for those who do not feel comfortable using the library.  

    Access to items from the University Library

    The University Library have also started to provide access to their services (limited to modern collections within the UL). You will find details of their zero-contact services here.

    Please note that our Click and Collect and Scan and Deliver services are independent of the ones offered by the University Library.

    Accessing ebooks

    The ebooks team at the University Library have been working tirelessly over the summer to ensure you have access to many resources online. Most of the University's ebooks can be found via iDiscover. Please be aware that some of these providers may not appear on iDiscover, so do check  the ebooks LibGuide and this regularly updated list  for a full list of providers and the few collections that don't appear on iDiscover.

    If you are unable to access the platforms, please remember that you may need to log in using your raven username and password. Logging in to each platform may be slightly different. If you are unsure how to do this, please email the library team and we will take you through it. If you are still unable to locate the book / item you want, library staff can request that ebook be bought by the ebooks@cambridge team. Please email  

    Accessing Ejournals and Databases

    For journal articles, iDiscover is still the best way to search, using the 'Cambridge Libraries Online' tab to find the specific journal. If you're searching via Google Scholar then make sure you have your 'Library links' enabled to access Cambridge material easily (Settings -- Library links -- search for 'University of Cambridge - ejournals@cambridge' -- tick to enable). If the journal article you want is not available, then an inter-library loan may be available - see below for details.

    The A-Z Databases list is the best place to search the databases offered. This list can be filtered via subject or database.

    Please see below details about the Lean Library, which will ensure seamless access to your journal articles and databases.

    If you are having problems trying to get onto the electronic resources, please email and we will be happy to assist you. If it is not possible to solve a query by email, we can arrange phone or virtual appointments to help.  

    Lean Library

    While you are working away from Cambridge, the Lean Library plugin, once downloaded and activated, will automatically detect when you have access to journal articles and databases via your Cambridge credentials. Even better, it will automatically deliver to you an Open Access version of an article - if one is available - whenever Cambridge University Libraries do not provide subscription access. It’s really simple to set up and will save you lots of time in the long run.  

    Other useful online resources

    CamGuides is an excellent resource designed to help students prepare for their studies in Cambridge, regardless of their subject or college. It focuses on some of the academic and information practices and skills that students commonly engage in, or require, for their degrees. 

    The audio-visual resources LibGuide is regularly updated to provide you with access to resources to help you, from streaming films and plays to access to art and music.

    Art films is a video streaming service that offers more than 5000 films for arts education and arts practitioners, available until 30 September. For more film resources see the film LibGuide

    Please refer to the Music LibGuide for their changing recommendations for music scores.    

    The newspapers LibGuide provides access to all the newspaper archives the University is currently subscribed to.  

    For law reports and case law, please check Westlaw and LexisNexis or contact the Squire Law Library for more assistance with law resources.

    Theses and dissertations can be accessed electronically via Cambridge’s institutional repository, Apollo, and through various other online portals, such as EThOS. Please refer to this LibGuide for guidance about other platforms which provide access for theses and dissertations worldwide.  

    If you are struggling to find articles/resources for your dissertation, library staff can set up a phone or virtual information skills session to assist you searching online databases. Please email to arrange an appointment.  

    Items on loan from the Rosemary Murray Library

    Any items you have on loan from before our library was closed in March 2020 will be due back at the start of Michaelmas Term, Tuesday 6th October. If you are returning to college, you may still return any items you no longer need (from our library and any other Cambridge University Library) to the book bins in the Fountain Court walkway.  From the 28th September we will stop accepting book returns from departmental libraries and the UL.

    We ask graduands to return books to us at their earliest convenience. We are aware that there are those who are not able to travel to college to return books, especially those who are not resident in the UK. Please do get in touch with us if you have any concerns or questions and we will do all we can to help.  

    A postal return service is currently being set up by the University Library for students to return items back to Cambridge libraries. We envisage this will be primarily of use for those who have graduated, and we recommend that continuing students hold on to their books until they return to college. We will update you as soon as we receive further information about this service.

    Interlibrary Loans

    The Interlibrary Loan team is able to offer a limited service to current University of Cambridge students and staff only. They are only able to obtain articles/chapters from items that are held electronically via the “BL on demand” service and from some other UK libraries where available. This is a free service. Please complete the online form (no payment or registration required) or email for further assistance. 

    Printing in College

    Printing is available in the I.T. Resource Centre.  In order to print you will need to download DS Print to your laptop or device. Please see for instructions on how to download the DS Print software. Print jobs need to be sent to either MUR_FindMe or MUR_ITRC_BW printer. Printing costs will still be added to your college bill as before.

    When collecting your printing please be careful to adhere to the advised social distancing guidelines (2 metres) and wipe the printer down after you. If there are any problems, please see the IT Helpdesk or email


    In order to scan documents, the Microsoft Lens app can be freely downloaded onto both IOS and Android devices. Once downloaded you can take photos of your documents and export them as a PDF, send to email, etc.

    Wellbeing and looking after yourself

    Yoga with Valerie will continue on Fridays at 15:00 on Teams. Other wellbeing and craft activities may be offered on an ad-hoc basis, so please keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.  

    If you look on the me@3 library page on Teams, you’ll find a wealth of wellbeing activities and walks shared by library staff in Easter Term 2020.

    The University Counselling Service are providing support for students during this period, and the University also has a page of advice and resources which you may find useful.  

    Keeping up to date with what the College library is doing

    Library staff will be updating all users via our social media channels. For the latest library updates, follow the library on Facebook: Rosemary Murray Library Twitter: @rosemurlib or Pinterest: rosemurlib.

    Contact us

    The library is staffed by Kirstie Preest (Librarian) and Sam Percival (Assistant Librarian).

    Please call 01223 762296 or email with any enquiries.