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Using the library at a distance

Get access to research and support wherever you are. This page is constantly being updated as new services are developed to respond to circumstances.

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Returning Books, Summer 2020

The physical space of the Wolfson Library is closed to students and visitors over the summer. Please return library books to the plastic boxes in the front of the Wolfson library. The books will then be taken off your record, but it might take a few days for this to happen. You also may return books from any Cambridge Libraries to the plastic boxes, and the books will get back to their home libraries in due course. Over the summer, there is an agreement between Cambridge libraries that you will not be fined for overdue books. Should you choose, there are also book-return boxes on the Sidgwick site near the English faculty and Lady Margaret Hall, as well as one near the UL. You may return books from any Cambridge library (include Wolfson) to these boxes.

If you are returning to college in the autumn, you are welcome to return your library books then. You may also post your books back or, if shipping costs are prohibitive, please feel free to purchase used copies of your Wolfson library books via and have them shipped to the Wolfson Library. If you choose this option, please send an email to the Library so that we can update our records.

Support from Wolfson Library

Click and Collect

Need a physical book from Wolfson Library? Let us know via email and we will put the book(s) on your library record and into your college pigeon hole. (If you do not live near college, we will determine on a case-by-case basis whether we can post you a book.) You can search for Wolfson’s books via iDiscover

Scan and Deliver

Need a chapter or several pages from a Wolfson library book? Let us know via email and we will provide you with a scanned PDF (within copyright limits). You can search for Wolfson’s books via iDiscover


Find out what is going on in Off The Shelf, the Library newsletter, available online.


Please send all questions and suggestions to Library staff are working from home and will reply to you shortly. We are very happy to set up a call and/or a 1-2-1 consultation via Teams or Zoom.

Academic Skills

The Wolfson College LibGuide provides tips, tools and how-to guides 24/7. There a section specifically for Working Remotely, videos showing you how to use reference management software Zotero and Mendeley, there are note-making templates, and a list of tools to help you beat digital distractions, which can be hard when working on your own.

WolfWorks has finished for the 2019-2020 academic year, but provides links to many materials on time management, avoiding digital distractions, setting up an online profile and tips for writing a dissertation or thesis.


Support from Other Cambridge Libraries

Click and Collect from the UL. The Cambridge University Library now has a click-and-collect service where you can request up to five books per day. Make sure you read carefully the instructions for how to request and collect your books.

Scan and Deliver from the UL. The Cambridge University Library now has a scan-and-deliver service where you can request up to five book chapters or parts of a book (within copyright guidelines per day). 

The University Library had details about its new zero-contact services and its other new online services. Departmental and faculty library buildings are also closed but are happy to hear from you by email. They have produced a page of FAQs detailing their services for the foreseeable future.


Finding Books, Articles and Databases

Requesting E-Books

Cambridge University Libraries are trying to acquire books as e-books, where they exist. Please contact your faculty library or use this form from the University Library.

Searching for Stuff

Always search for e-resources from iDiscover or the A-Z Database listing page to see what we have access to. Click on the link from here and you will be prompted for your Raven username and password. This should give you access to the resource. Alternatively, install Lean Library. This browser extension will automatically detect when you are on a website and you have access thanks to the subscriptions of Cambridge University Libraries. This is particularly useful if you are searching a non-university database such as Google Scholar. Lean Library will automatically deliver you an Open Access version of an article - if one is available - whenever Cambridge University Libraries do not provide subscription access. While we recommend Lean Library, other Open Access plugins are available.

Finding E-Books

The University of Cambridge has access to over 1.5 million ebooks from a wide variety of publishers and platforms. To make use of our extensive ebook collections, search for them on iDiscover using the 'Cambridge Libraries Collections' search and limit to 'ebooks' by clicking on the filter in the search box (or under it when on mobile) that says 'All libraries'. More information is available on the ebooks LibGuide.

Finding Articles and E-Journals

There is a dedicated search box for journals and articles or you can search iDiscover directly. Select the middle radio button: 'Articles and online resources'. From the results screen, use the limiting options to select 'Full-text Online' under the 'Availability' filter or to limit by 'article' or 'journal' under the 'Resource Type' filter.

Additional E-Resources 

Publishers are providing access to certain e-resources, including e-books, during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak. A separate A-Z database listing has been compiled for these resources and it is possible to limit them by subject area.



What's on

President Jane Clarke with a coffee

Coffee and update with President Jane Clarke followed by virtual College tour

26/09/2020 at 10.00

Join Jane and members of our alumni community for an update as Wolfson prepares to welcome students at the start of term, followed by a virtual tour of the Wolfson College grounds - and accompanying historical insight - by Alumni Officer Rob Grayston.

Wolfson College University Challenge Team

Alumni Reunion Quiz

26/09/2020 at 13.00

We would like to invite the Wolfson Community to a quiz hosted and penned by Wolfson College's very own quizmaster, Eric Monkman (Economics, 2015)! 

President Jane Clarke with drink

Alumni Toast with President Jane Clarke and music from Jake Werth

26/09/2020 at 18.30

Raise a glass to Wolfson and its alumni around the world with a toast by President Jane Clarke.  The celebrations will continue with a performance by Wolfson student and Royal Academy of Music graduate Jake Werth from Wolfson's Lee Hall.

Wolfson flowers

Q&A with Oscar Holgate, Wolfson gardener extraordinaire

27/09/2020 at 11.00

Wolfson's acting Head Gardener, Oscar Holgate will be on hand to answer your questions about the College (and perhaps some of your own!) gardens.  We know the gardens are a highlight for many of our alumni; sign up to welcome a little bit of their beauty into your home.