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Engineering Library: News

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

We are moving!

We have a new Technology Libraries website for you to explore. It contains details of all the Engineering Library information services & support we offer & much more.
Please visit us there and adjust your bookmarks accordingly. From Summer 2022, visitors to this website will be redirected to these Technology Libraries webpages & the information here will no longer be supported.


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This page will be regularly updated with news and updates from the Engineering Library and other Cambridge University Libraries.

Engineering Careers Events

Group of students working togetherAre you looking ahead to your future engineering career, and want to make an impact in the job market?

  • On Tuesday, 10th May from 12:30 to 4:30 there will be an Engineering Careers drop-in afternoon, held in the Engineering Library (Baker Building, Trumpington Street site).

Careers specialists Mark and Raj will be available to talk about any aspect of careers in a fully supportive way - from helping you identify a career path that might be right for you, how to best present yourself via your CV, application or cover letter (feel free to bring examples along for review), where and when to look for internships and graduate schemes, what your specialisation might mean for you in the labour market, how best to prepare for interviews and lots, lots more. If you're simply curious about what opportunities might be out there for you - or for any career query - feel free to drop by - all years and all students are warmly welcome.

Engineering Careers drop-in afternoon Tuesday 10 May in the Engineering Library

This half-day workshop will give you the tools you need to succeed; from learning how to master CVs, crafting compelling cover letters that demonstrate your fit to a role and how to interview so that you're showing your full quality. It will also cover job search strategies in a supportive, friendly, and welcoming environment.

Engineering Careers Bootcamp 18 May

Open Research Masterclass 18 May 2022

The School of Technology will host a Masterclass in the Easter Term on Open Research/Open Science on Wednesday 18 May 2022, 1-2pm.

This will be of particular interest for Academics and Research Professionals working in Technology and the Physical Sciences.

Leading funding bodies who have adopted open-access mandates for work they fund include UKRI/ Research Councils UK, National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust and European Research Council.

Experts from Cambridge University Libraries (including the Office for Scholarly Communications) will lead discussions on:

  • Open Research as a key contributor to a healthy research culture, improving the speed of dissemination and reproducibility of research
  • Open Access for disseminating your research and how to meet your funder requirements (including the new UKRI Open Access Policy).
  • The increasing importance of Open Data and routes to opening your data

This session will be held online, with the Zoom link circulated in advance of the session. Register to attend via Eventbrite.

On and Off-Campus Access to ASTM Standards

Image of a compassASTM Compass is a vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical information produced by the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM International).

University of Cambridge members can now instantly access any of ASTM’s 12,000+ standards, as well as AASHTO, AATCC, API, and UOP standards whenever and wherever they need them.

Combining these 12,000+ standards with 1,500+ books and 47,000+ articles and papers, Compass provides you one of the most comprehensive libraries of technical information available in the world. With tools to add notes, attachments, and even your own standards, you’ll be able to work smarter and faster.

See the Standards tab on our Electronic Resources page to find out the best way to get access.

UKRI Open Access Policy Changes 2022

Graphic of files being uploaded and the text "Are you funded by UKRI?"Changes to the UKRI Open Access Policy come into effect from 1 April 2022. Research articles published by UKRI-funded authors after that date must be made open access immediately.

To comply with this policy, We recommend that UKRI-funded researchers take the following actions from 1 April:

  • before you submit an article, include a Rights Retention Statement and a Data Access Statement
  • once your article is accepted, deposit the accepted manuscript with the University of Cambridge, and follow the advice of the Open Access team

Visit the Open Access webpage on UKRI Open Access Policy for full details and for examples of these essential statements.

Please also contact the Technology Libraries Team by email at either or if you have any questions.

O'Reilly for Higher Education subscription

Promo image for O'Reilly for Higher Education with white text on red squareUniversity access to O'Reilly for Higher Education

University of Cambridge staff and students have access to the O’Reilly for Higher Education (OHE) platform. OHE is a collection of full-text ebooks and other online resources covering a range of titles of interest across STEMM subjects, with a specialisation in Technology and Computer Science. The database contains over 35,000 book titles, plus videos, case studies, and more.

iDiscover holds records for individual titles from O’Reilly, and you can explore the O'Reilly platform via this direct link (Raven login required).

North Room now open for bookings

The North Room is open for bookings! 

The North Room is next to the Collaborative Space in the Library and contains fixed-height desks and AV presentation equipment. It can be booked for student meetings, group work or presentations.

Students are now invited to book meeting times for Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 16:45. If possible, please book one day in advance of required meeting time. Walk-in requests are subject to availability.

To book, please complete this form:

AIAA Video Library: University of Cambridge access

Person standing in front of bank of screens with laptopThe University of Cambridge now has institutional access to the 2021 archive of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) video library.

The AIAA video library is a digital archive of video presentations presented by technical paper authors at AIAA events. These videos are an additional benefit to the event’s conference proceedings. In the future, the AIAA video library will also be the place to see archive videos from plenary and panel sessions held at AIAA events.

Explore videos from AIAA events and begin your research on the latest innovations and developments in aerospace. Log in with “University of Cambridge” institutional access on the AIAA Video Library website. Videos with “AIAA-2021” in their numbering will be accessible via this login.

To see information on all our electronic resources for Engineers, see our Electronic Resources page.

Reading Lists Online Usability Testing

Students working at laptopsReading Lists Online are your online reading lists. They are just one of the tools to support your studies, and we'd like to work with students to see how they interact with the online reading list system through some usability testing.

What do I need to participate?

  • Access to a PC or laptop where you can share your screen over an online meeting (either in Microsoft Teams or Zoom). 
  • One hour of free time to run through some exercises with a member of our user experience team.

We will check that you are happy for us to record the session for data collection purposes only, and we will delete the recording before the end of Michaelmas Term at the very latest. You will remain anonymous through the process of collecting and reporting the data.

If you haven't seen or used these online lists before, but would be interested in the study, you are very welcome to participate. No previous experience is required!

By seeing how you use Reading Lists Online, and for you to talk through the processes and observations you make when using the system with us, we can continue to make improvements to benefit you and many more students who are using online reading lists now and in the future.

If you would like to participate in the usability testing, at a time and date that is convenient for you, please send an email to and we'll be in touch!

Cambridge Libraries User Experience Team

Optical Society of America Conference Proceedings Online

The Department of Engineering has now made the conference proceedings of the Optical Society of America (OSA) available online.

You can access the conferences online directly, or go to the Cambridge University Libraries A-Z. You can also find each of the conference proceedings titles via the iDiscover catalogue.

The conference proceedings number over 800 meetings and comprise over 5,000 conference videos.

Of particular interest to Engineers will be the availability of the conferences on Optical Fibre Communication, Frontiers in Optics, and Digital Holography and Three-Dimensional Imaging.

Read more about the OSA conference proceedings at the EJournals@Cambridge blog.

Elsevier Negotiations: Update and Consultation

The University of Cambridge is in negotiations with the publisher Elsevier and has opened a consultation with academics and staff to hear your views. In a blog post for the Unlocking Research blog, the University Librarian, Dr Jessica Gardner, introduces the context behind the negotiations and outlines how you can share your thoughts and respond to the consultation. Dr Gardner writes:

"As Cambridge University’s Librarian, I am mindful of the need for our academics to be able to access the journals they require and publish in the journals they feel most befit their research. The library is here to support Cambridge’s academic mission to develop and share new knowledge, which requires comprehensive access to the scientific record. Through the coming months, as we continue our negotiations with Elsevier, we want to listen to the academic community to better understand how these negotiations may impact their work". 

Read more on the Unlocking Research blog, and add your response to the University's Consultation

British Standards Online (BSOL) plug in update

British Standards Online (BSOL), the teaching, research, and study tool for a broad range of courses and disciplines, provides full text access to thousands of BS, BS EN, BS ISO, PAS standards.

At the start of 2021, BSI began working with BSOL clients to activate a new security feature that supports access to documents within the platform.

From 1 September 2021, all users at academic institutions will need to have the FileOpen plug-in installed on your device in order to access BSI documents within BSOL. 

The digital security of intellectual property is important for BSI, who also wish to protect users from potential and unintentional fraudulent activity and  from copyright and intellectual property breaches. This extra layer of security to BSI documents helps to achieve this. The licence for BSI documents states that it is for a single user on a single device but in practice BSI have allowed the document to be used on up to three devices, to support those of you moving across devices. Please ensure that you’re connected to the internet when you open the documents for the first time to authenticate them and use Adobe or an equivalent PDF viewer.

Find out more on what’s changing via the BSI website, and access the guidance document which allows you to test the plug-in feature. 

Please contact if you have any concerns.

The University of Cambridge and Elsevier

The contract between the publisher Elsevier and UK Universities is due for renewal in December 2021. The sector is entering negotiations with the aim of securing a read and publish agreement that converts subscription expenditure to support immediate open access publishing and maintains access to paywalled content for a reduced fee. So-called ‘transitional’ or ‘transformative’ agreements (TAs) are supported by Plan S funders with the goal of achieving full and immediate open access.

You can read more about the negotiations via the News Story on the Cambridge University Libraries website, and further information is available on the University of Cambridge and Elsevier website

Publish Open Access Free of Charge

Cambridge researchers can now publish open access with no charge in journals that are part of "Read And Publish" or "Transformative" Agreements. Here’s what you need to know.  

The University of Cambridge is signing agreements with a growing number of publishers to enable researchers at the University to publish primary research and review articles Open Access.  

These agreements are on a read and publish model: the publisher receives payment for providing access to their journal portfolio and payment for publishing, bundled into a single contract.   

What does this mean for you?   

If a journal is covered by one the deals, you will not be charged open access fees provided your paper is a research or review article, and has a University of Cambridge affiliated corresponding author.  Costs for Open Access publishing have been met centrally, arranged by Cambridge University Libraries directly with the publisher.   

Which journals are covered by a Transformative Agreement?  

Currently the University has signed transformative read & publish agreements with 12 publishers, covering over 5000 journals.    

Information about these publishers is provided on the University Open Access website, where you will also find a list of the journals where you can publish with no Open Access fee. This list is updated regularly.

For further information please visit the webpage on Open Access Agreements or contact the Open Access Team by email at  

New Ebooks Collections Available

New Ebooks collections are available for University of Cambridge students, staff and researchers. 

Of particular relevance to Engineering are:

Science Direct Mathematics Focus Collection, with nearly 6,000 maths and physics titles available until the end of 2021

O'Reilly for Higher Education Collection, featuring technology and business content from over 250 publishers, available until 20 April 2022

Morgan and Claypool Ebooks, including over 350 titles in Engineering and Computer Science

Find out more on the ebooks@cambridge blog.

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