Whether it is your first year at Cambridge or your fortieth, the English Faculty Library is delighted to be able to welcome staff and students back to the library for in-person services this term!
We are not quite 'back to normal', but have been able to increase the number of study spaces and services within the library. The Library Team is continuing to provide distance services as well, so that electronic access to core materials, whether for your reading lists or your research, are available wherever you are working.
Unsure about resources or navigating the library? Don't hesitate to get in touch and let us walk you through the different ways to access what you need. We are so happy to have you back!
You may be an old hand at navigating the EFL, or just starting out on your library adventures. Either way, anyone is welcome to book a library tour to see what is on offer in the physical space (and where we shifted books while you were gone), or just meet some friendly library staff members.
We are asking for users to continue following the University guidance on Hands | Face | Space. This involves continuing to wear face coverings while in the library, and booking study spaces so that we can help maintain social distancing. Contact the library if you are isolating, and we can help make sure you are able to access the materials you need.
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 12 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.
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