The Deputy Librarian and Libraries Assistant are available on weekdays and are always happy to help!
How do I find a book?
Please refer to the Searching and Finding section.
How can I borrow or renew a book?
Please refer to the Borrowing and Renewing section.
I am trying to borrow a book but the Self-Service machine isn’t working.
If a member of staff is there please let us know and we will assist you, otherwise, please fill in a manual borrowing form, which can be found next to the Self-Service machine scanner. This can be posted in the slot behind the Self-Service machine.
I am trying to borrow a book but my PIN doesn’t work / I forgot my PIN.
Fill in a manual borrowing form which can be found next to the Self-Service machine scanner. This can be posted in the slot behind the Self-Service machine.
Please let a member of the library team know about your PIN and they will reset it for you.
I can’t find the section I need
Some sections are in unexpected locations, due to the size and nature of the building. Please see the Searching and Finding section and check the Classification scheme on the wall in Left and Right Cloister as well as the Library Map. If a member of staff is available please ask as they will be happy to help.
The book that I need is not on the shelf, but it is listed as ‘Available’ on iDiscover – what should I do?
Please let a member of library staff know, either in person, e-mail or via the Missing Book Search form, which can be found to the right of the Self-Service machine.
What should I do if the College Library does not hold a copy of the book I need for my course?
We purchase a significant number of book recommendations from students. Please see the Recommending Books section. Please let a member of the library team know, they may be able to purchase a copy if it meets the library acquisition criteria.
I’m not a current Magdalene student or Member of the College, can I use the library?
Access to the Library may occasionally be permitted to individuals from other Cambridge Colleges who are not Magdalene members for the purpose of consulting books not readily available elsewhere. Such access is by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting the Deputy Librarian.
Non-resident members of the College are welcome to visit the Library during staff working hours. Contact the Deputy Librarian to arrange a suitable time to visit.
The library is not open to members of the public.
Mr Tom Sykes
T 01223 332125
Can I bring a friend from another College to study in the Library?
We can’t allow students from other Colleges to study in the library. The library has limited number of study spaces and as such is only available for Magdalene students and Members. If you wish to study with non-Magdalene students then you can check the availability of departmental or other study spaces via Spacefinder.
I am trying to access an e-book/e-resource but I can’t figure out how to log in.
Often the best way to access an online resource that the University has access to is to search for it first on iDiscover and then follow the link to the resource from the catalogue record. If you are on the University network it will log you straight in, if not it may prompt you to log in via Raven.