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Engineering Library: Print collections

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


The easiest way to track down a specific item is by searching iDiscover.

For guidance on how to use iDiscover most effectively, see the iDiscover LibGuide.

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Locating print collections

Image: bookshelves in the library silent space

Print resources available from the Engineering Library include:

All our print collections are held in the library, and you can find them by classmark (a unique combination of letters and numbers, e.g. EP 35).

You can find the classmark when searching for the item on iDiscover, and then match it with the one on the printed label on the item. Our collection is shelved alphabetically by classmark, beginning with A in the Silent Space, and ending with Z near the library entrance in the Collaborative Space.

To maintain social distancing the number of people in the Engineering library has had to be reduced. Please follow all guidelines advertised in the library space to help protect yourself and all other users.

Basement Fetching

Most of our print collection of older journals, standards, reports and PhD theses are in our closed basement and a member of staff will need to fetch them for you. iDiscover should list if an item needs to be fetched. 

Please do send us an email outlining what you need, and we can let you know when it is ready to collect.

If you come into the library and ask us for something in the basement, we may not be able to fetch it for you right away. Some of our collection is currently not accessible due to environmental issues, so it is extremely important that you email us in advance to make sure it is available. We will endeavour to find an alternative copy if our version cannot be read.

Library Essentials

The Library Essentials LibGuide is a handy one-stop shop for new library users providing an overview of the essential information you need to make the most of your libraries, The guide covers:-

  • Libraries: the different types of library in Cambridge and what to expect; essentially in all libraries you'll find space to study and friendly, helpful staff.

  • Accessibility: provides information and advice about accessible library services.

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