Our collection of over 28,000 books primarily supports undergraduate and taught graduates across all subjects. The collection is also a secondary resource for the College’s PhD students and Fellows. Details on how the collection is organised and how to find a book can be found in the ‘Searching and Finding’ Section.
We are continually reviewing and improving the collection and encourage members to make recommendations for new books or additional copies. You can e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org, complete a book recommendation form, or talk to us in persons.
As a Magdalene student, you have access to the University of Cambridge’s extensive range of books, journals and online databases. Many of these resources are accessed via iDiscover, however, some are only listed and accessed via the eBooks and eResources websites. Both websites contain a wealth of material to support you in finding and making the most of the available online resources.
Use iDiscover to search the University’s libraries print and online collections using a single search. Find books, ebooks, videos, theses, open access content and more.
The University of Cambridge has access to over 1.5 million ebooks from a wide variety of publishers and platforms. Use the eBooks website to find a specific ebook, access over 60 ebook platforms and discover how to make the most of ebooks in your research and study.
eResources and eJournals
Journals to which the Library has purchased electronic access are listed on the Library's ejournals webpages. You can search the list by title, subject, vendor, or citation.
Print Journals and Reference Collection
Our reference reading room (Benson Room) holds several current runs of print journals and magazines in a number of subjects. We also hold dictionaries, encyclopaedias, maps and anthologies in the reference collection.
Our Law reading room (Wigglesworth Room) holds a large collection of law journals and law reports, alongside our borrowable law book collection.
Past Examination Papers
The Middle Room holds bound volumes of past Examination Papers, which are available for reference and which may also be photocopied.
A selection of DVDs and CDs are available to borrow. The collection consists largely of DVDs relevant to study, such as foreign language films, productions of Shakespeare's plays, and adaptations of classic novels, but some entertainment material is also available.
In our Welfare section, situated in the Middle Room (Left Cloister), you can find books and resources on a range of welfare issues - these can be borrowed confidentially. For more information, see Welfare Section page.
We hold a collection of borrowable and reference books to support your writing, research and general study skills, these can be found in the Middle Room (Left Cloister).
We hold a number of study aids to be used within the library, these can be found in both left and Right Cloister. The Laptop stands must be signed out from the library office.
- Staplers and hole punches (small and heavy duty)
- Lamps (incl. Some daylight bulbs)
- A4 Whiteboards and a free standing flipchart/whiteboard
- Book chairs
- Laptop stands
- Earplugs (Easter term only)
The Library provides access to networked computers, printers and scanners.