Our collection of some 30,000 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.
Members of Magdalene student have access to the University of Cambridge’s extensive range of online books, journals and databases. Many of these resources are accessed via iDiscover. Some, however, 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.
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.
Use iDiscover to search the University’s print and online collections using a single search. Find books, ebooks, videos, theses, open access content and more. All Magdalene collections are listed on iDiscover.
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.
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. The Library's reference collection also includes a range of print dictionaries, enycolpedias, maps and anthologies.
A large collection of law journals and reports is located in our Law reading room (Wigglesworth Law Library), 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.
The College Library’s DVD collection consists largely of material relevant to academic study, such as foreign language films, productions of Shakespeare's plays, and adaptations of classic novels. These can be borrowed by any user, in addition to the Library’s collection of recreational films.
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.
Books to support writing, research and general study skills can be found in the the Middle Room (Left Cloister).
We hold a number of study aids to be used within the library, including
- Staplers and hole punches (small and heavy duty)
- 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.