The Library subscribes to a range of journals. Usually the recent issues of these are held in the Periodicals Area on the Ground Floor. Journals are bound on a basis appropriate to their frequency, and the bound volumes are (for the most part) shelved on the relevant floor according to subject. Where a run of bound volumes is extensive, the earlier volumes in the sequence may be shelved in the Basement (Chapel Wing).

Can I borrow journals?

In most cases once journals are bound it is possible to borrow each volume as though it were a book. An exception is the Law journals, which are reference only. We are unable to lend the current issues, which are unbound and kept in the Periodicals Area .

Online access

The University Library provides a large selection of periodical titles on-line via its ejournals portal with differing restrictions on accessibility. Some have unrestricted access for any user in any location, but the majority are restricted by IP address to use in the University of Cambridge or cam domain, although usually they can be accessed externally using a Raven password. Details on how to go about getting passwords can be obtained from the University Computing Service. Many of the journals to which St John's subscribes are available via this route.

Current subscriptions

List of current subscriptions (correct to August 2019)

Journals arranged by subject area

Language and Literature

Science and Maths

Economics and Social Science

General Interest

Geography and Anthropology


History and Archaeology

Medical and Veterinary Science

Philosophy and Theology

Art, Architecture and Music