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English Faculty Library Services: Covid edition: Home

Welcome - or welcome back - to the English Faculty Library.

We are so pleased that you're here - we've missed you this summer! If you're a new student, then a huge welcome to Cambridge and to the Faculty of English; if you're a returning student, we're glad to see you again.

Some things at the English Faculty Library are going to look and feel a bit different this year. The tabs on this website outline some of our newly designed services for 2020-2021. Things may yet change again, but we suppose you're used to that by now. But while there's no getting away from the differences, there are things that have stayed the same. We're still working really hard to ensure that you have access to the resources you need to learn well, still working closely with those who teach you, and still here to answer your questions (even if remotely) and provide you with the support you need.



Get in touch:

Email us:

Call us: +44 (0)1223 335077

Write to us: 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

Tweet us: @eflcam

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many books do I have on loan?

You can view your library account online. Login with your barcode (5 characters starting with 'V') and surname, or using your Raven password. Your account will show you all the books you've borrowed across all the libraries you've joined.

What can I borrow and for how long?

Every library sets their own rules - but you can double check by looking at the 'Libraries' tab of your library account. At the EFL you can borrow 20 items, any combination of books or DVDs.

How do I renew books?

If you're a student or a member of staff, then most books will automatically renew a few days before they're due back. Short Loan books, DVDs and CDs are exceptions to this. If you're not a student or staff, then check your library account again! Go to the 'Loans' tab, and click any of the titles. If the renewal is successful, the due date of the book will change. 

What if I can’t find the book I need?

If the book is definitely not on loan to someone else, then the first thing to do is to check whether it's accidentally been pushed behind other books. Then talk to the library staff at the desk (or contact us by text or email)! We'll be happy to have a look for it ourselves and, if it still can't be found, we can tell you about other ways to get hold of it. There's also other libraries too - check iDiscover to see if it's available elsewhere.

Who can I ask if I need help?

The library staff! All of us are always very happy to help. You can come and have a chat, phone us (our number's in the top right hand corner of this page!), or email us.

Librarian: Helen Murphy

Senior Library Assistant: David Rushmer

We aim to:

  • Collaborate and build partnerships with students and academics alike to enhance teaching, learning and research
  • Build upon our current knowledge of user needs for both resources and services and respond appropriately with personalised services
  • Proactively engage with library users, providing a friendly and helpful environment
  • Excel in teaching and training of both library users and those visiting the library for work experience