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Library FAQs

Library FAQs

Library FAQs

What are the opening hours when the Library reopens on 6 August?

The Library will only be open during staffed hours, which will be from Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. You will need your card to enter and leave the Library during these hours. There will be no access to the Library outside staffed hours.

How does the desk space booking system work?

Desk space booking slots are available on a monthly basis; bookings will be open from one week before the 1st of each month. You will need to log on to Moodle https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=198081; select date and time slot; and ‘check in’ on the day at the Issue Desk for an allocated desk. Please do not change the desk after you have been allocated one.

How many bookable desk space slots are available each day? Can I book more than one slot a day?

There are two booking slots from Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm. You may book a desk space for both the morning and afternoon slots (if needed). You may book desk spaces for as many days as you need.

I have booked a desk space. Can I use other facilities while I am working in the Library?

Please feel free to take books from shelves for use in the Library; however, all books should be returned to trolleys, not the shelves. If you wish to borrow or return Library items kindly use the self-issue machine. The photocopiers are also available for use. Please take away any unwanted printouts/photocopied items or put them in the recycling bin near the photocopiers.

I have not booked/do not need a desk space to work in the Library. Can I come to the Library just to borrow/return Library items and/or use the photocopiers?

If you simply wish to return items, you may do so by using the self-issue machine during staffed hours. If you need to use the photocopiers please do so during staffed hours (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm). Kindly remember to take away any unwanted printouts/photocopied items or put them in the recycling bin near the photocopiers.

If you wish to borrow items, we would prefer you to use the ‘click & collect’ service. When using this service, please first check that the items are available by searching iDiscover. Then send your borrowing requests to library@joh.cam.ac.uk. Please include the title(s) and class-marks of the items in the email. Items will be fetched and left on a table on the Ground Floor in the Library for collection during staffed hours. You will be notified by email when the items are ready for collection.

I only require a book chapter, can you scan and send it to me?

Library staff can arrange a digital scan of Library books and send it to Fellows and junior members – as long as it is compliant with copyright rules (i.e. no more than one chapter per book or up to 5% for personal use). Please first check that the book is available by searching iDiscover. Then send your requests to library@joh.cam.ac.uk at least two working days in advance. Please include the book title, class-mark, chapter title and page numbers.

I need an article from a journal which is not available online, can you scan and send it to me?

Library staff can arrange a digital scan of the journal article and send it to Fellows and junior members – as long as it is compliant with copyright rules (i.e. one article from an issue of a journal or up to 5% for personal use). Please first check that the journal is available in our Library by searching iDiscover. Then send you requests to library@joh.cam.ac.uk and allow at least two working days. Please include the journal title, year of publication, volume, issue and page numbers.

Are there additional resources available during the Covid-19 outbreak period to support my study? 

During the COVID-19 outbreak period, publishers are providing access to additional e-resources to support students and researchers. A whole range of e-resources, e-journals, and e-books can be accessed at http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/az.php. You can also go to ebooks @cambridge  blog post to find out the latest ebooks and updates or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Do keep an eye on this page for further information and updates.

Will I be able to use the Old Library and Archives Centre?

Both the Old Library and Archives Centre are closed until further notice. If you require advice on the Archives service please email archivist@joh.cam.ac.uk. Enquiries about the Special Collections should be sent to km10007@cam.ac.uk.

Can I still request biographical details concerning a member of the College I am researching?  Can I still provide information about a Johnian, such as reporting their death to the College?

Yes. Please email the Biographical Librarian at f.colbert@joh.cam.ac.uk for the usual services offered by the Biographical Office. For example, please continue to report the death of a Johnian, request information about a member of the College you are researching, or provide new details about yourself for our records.  Kindly note that although we have access to our databases and electronic records, some material is not accessible during this period of Library closure.