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Physical and Digital Collections

Electronic Legal Deposit: Access


Covid-19 update:

Please note that electronic legal deposit books, journals and web content cannot be made available beyond the physical premises of Cambridge University Libraries under the terms of current legal deposit legislation.  This can only be changed by government through new legislation. 
If students and academic staff require access to material that is only held by the Libraries as an electronic legal deposit item we will try to obtain it electronically with a wider license so that it is accessible off-campus via Raven; this will be on a case-by-case basis.  Please use the form at to recommend book and journal titles.


Under the terms of the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 and the Legal Deposit (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013 access to electronic legal deposit (eLD) material may only be provided to readers at a workstation “on library premises controlled by the deposit library”. Currently there are six such designated PCs in the main Reading Room of the University Library, four in its North Reading Room, and one each in most of the affiliated faculty and departmental libraries.

Access is available within the Affiliated Libraries as follows:

Library Access terminal available Printing
African Studies Yes No
Archaeology and Anthropology (Haddon Library) Yes No
Architecture and History of Art Yes No
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Yes Yes
Classics Yes No
Criminology (Radzinowicz Library) Yes Yes
Divinity Yes Yes
Economics (Marshall Library) Yes Yes
Education Yes Yes
Engineering Yes No
English Yes Yes
History (Seeley Library) Yes Yes
Medical Yes Yes
MML Yes No
Moore Yes Yes
Music (Pendlebury Library) Yes Yes
Philosophy (Casimir Lewy Library) Yes Yes
Physics (Rayleigh Library) Yes Yes
Psychology library Yes Yes
Social and Political Sciences Yes Yes
South Asian Studies Yes No
Squire Law Library Yes Yes
Whipple Yes Yes


Access is not permitted via any other device connected to the University network or off-campus. Nor can designated PCs be installed in other Cambridge libraries, including college libraries, as these are not “controlled by the deposit library”.

To access eLD material via a designated PC first read the “Terms and Conditions” and, if in agreement, click to “Accept conditions and continue”.


Then enter search terms in the basic iDiscover search box. On the designated PCs a default filter is set to limit a search to “Electronic Legal Deposit” material.


To view the text of an item either click on the phrase “Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliated libraries” in the brief catalogue record


or open the full record and click on the link under “View Online”.


Please note that eLD journal articles are indexed at article level and should be searched for by author and/or article title. It is not currently possible to search for a journal title and browse articles within it. The “Online access” links in catalogue records for eLD journals are disabled.

For information about maps see here or contact staff in the University Library’s Map Room (email, tel.: 01223 (3)33041 or (3)33042.

Only one concurrent user is permitted to access a given eLD item via any of the designated PCs throughout Cambridge libraries. However, if a session is inactive for five minutes, it will time out and another user will shortly afterwards be able to access the same item.

If the default “Electronic Legal Deposit” filter is cancelled, a search will also retrieve records for non-eLD material, but links to subscription electronic resources will not work. These may be consulted via any other computer connected to the University network or off-campus by current staff and students using their Raven login.