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    Using the library  

    The Library is currently running a hybrid service offering both in person and zero contact services. The library itself is open to College members 24 hours a day.  Students can use the library as a space to study, as well as browse the shelves for books. For students not wishing to enter the library or working away, we have the following zero contact services available: Click and Collect, Scan and Deliver, virtual study sessions, remote support and virtual library skills for academic study.  

    In Person Library Services

    Students can use the library for study.  Students are responsible for ensuring that tables and shared equipment are wiped down after use.  Wipes are provided at various points throughout the library and on every table.  When leaving the library ensure the space is ready for the next person, please do not leave any belongings behind on the tables.

    Students are also able to browse the shelves and take books out themselves using the self-issue machine. A fetching service is available for anyone struggling to access material.  Library skills for academic study are also available.  We advise booking a place using the library calendar but you can also turn up on the day. 

    Zero contact Services

    We are continuing to offer zero contact services, for those students who still feel cautious about returning to the library space, as well as those having to self-isolate after catching COVID, students working away or on their year abroad. 

    1. A Click and Collect service is available for students in residence.  These items will be added to your library account and can be collected from the Click and Collect area opposite the library office on the ground floor. If you are self-isolating your Self-Isolation Supporter courier can collect them for you.
    2. Scan and Deliver service is offered to all 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. Postal loans of printed books may be available for students residing away from college where access to an electronic book is not available.

    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. We aim to fulfill requests within 48 hours.  

    Using library services for self-isolating students

    This guidance outlines the library provision and support for those students who are self-isolating whilst in residence. This relates to students waiting for a test, test results and those who have tested positive for COVID.

    Access to items from the University Library and Faculty & Departmental Libraries

    University Library and Faculty & Departmental Libraries services available during the pandemic can be found on their webpages.

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

    Accessing ebooks

    The ebooks team at the University Library have been working tirelessly 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

    If 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.

    For 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 an in person, phone or virtual information skills session to assist you searching online databases. Please email to arrange an appointment.  

    Returning items on loan from the Rosemary Murray Library

    If you are a recent graduate, member of staff or visiting scholar in the UK who has now left the University and are unable to return to Cambridge, you can request a pre-paid returns label to return your books by freepost.

    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. Please complete the online form) or email for further assistance. There is normally a charge for this service.

    Printing in College

    Printing is available in the I.T. Resource Centre.  In order to print you will need to download Print Deploy to your laptop or computer. Please see this page for instructions on how to download the Print Deploy 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.

    When collecting your printing, we strongly recommend that users maintain a courteous social distance and wipe the printer down after use. If there are any problems, please see library staff or open a new ticket with the IT Service Desk.


    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

    For our wellbeing activities click here

    Health and Safety

    Please continue to follow the College COVID guidance mitigating the spread of infection:

    • We recommended you continue to wear a face covering within the library. Please be considerate of staff and other students who may prefer to continue to wear one. If you are sat at a table with another student, please ask them if they are comfortable with you not wearing a face mask.
    • Please continue to maintain a courteous social distance when moving around the space.
    • Please use the sanitisation stations on entry and exit and wash your hands regularly whilst in the library.
    • Do not close the windows.
    • Wipe down tables and equipment after use.

    Please remember that the windows need to remain permanently open to provide adequate ventilation, as per the University Ventilation Risk Assessment. Therefore, please wear warm clothing and bring a blanket, especially overnight as it may be cold.

    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 Instagram: Rosemary Murray Library Pinterest: rosemurlib and YouTube Rosemary Murray Library

    Contact us

    The library is staffed by Kirstie Preest (Librarian), Sam Percival (Assistant Librarian) and Alberto Garcia (Senior Library Assistant - Maternity Cover).

    Please call 01223 762296 or email with any enquiries.