Welcome to Magdalene College Library
Welcome to the College Library. The College Library provides you with study space, access to resources across all subjects and support from knowledgeable Library staff. The Library team look forward to meeting you this term. We've gathered together some key information about the Library and about the resources available to you.
The building is currently open between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday for bookable 2 hour study spaces and 30 minute browsing/borrowing slots. We are also offering a Request and Collect Service, this enables you to request a book from the College Library and Collect it when it is available.
Access to the Library Entrance (Right Cloister) is controlled by your University Card.
Please ensure that you wear a face covering at all times when in the Library, and when queuing outside, please also use the hand gel and adhere to social distancing rules.
In order to ensure ventilation windows will be left open in the Library as such you may wish to wear warm clothes or layers when visiting the Library.
If you need help finding resources for your studies or would like any other library or reading-related advice please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring +44 (0) 1223 332125.
We communicate important information via e-mail (so keep an eye out for our e-mails) but also regularly update the website, social media and our blog (all @magdlibs). Instagram. Facebook. Twitter and our blog.
A summary of available service can always be found on the How we can support you page.
The New Library
Work to finish the very exciting New College Library is ongoing. We expect to move into this spectacular, modern Library space early in 2021.
Finding and Borrowing in the College Library
Finding and Borrowing Books
Ebooks and other Eresources
Ebooks, journals and databases are an extremely important resource alongside physical texts. All Cambridge students have access to an enormous number of online resources, and many of your key texts will be available in this format. If anything the sheer number and variety of resources can be daunting!
A good place to start with getting to know ebooks is by checking out this video from the Universty's ebooks team. Most ebooks are available via iDiscover but some collections are not, so it is worth checking the lists of ebooks collections on the ebooks site.
CamGuides contain a wealth of advice and guidance concerning studying in Cambridge and its worth remembering that you can dip in and out of these throughout your time here.
Reading Lists Online provide easy access to your course reading lists. They show the location and availability of print books and link to electronic books, articles and websites, videos and digitised chapters.
Items on a list may be tagged with ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’ or ‘Further reading’. Any essential or recommended items will be given priority by libraries when purchasing copies (usually in e-format).
Please note that the lists of Libraries holding each item is often not exhaustive, sometimes multiple records exist in iDiscover, so if Magdalene College Library is not appearing you can double check by searching for the item on iDiscover.