The MMLL Library exists primarily to support teaching and learning in European languages, literatures and cultures, in linguistics and in film studies. We have more than 100,000 books and more than 5,000 films, as well as European magazines and newspapers. We have a small collection of scholarly print journals on the second floor. We have a selection of wellbeing books, to help manage your stress, learn more about yourself and provide self-care, and an outstanding general section of theory books, study skills, and reference books. All language sections are also supported by their own reference section. We also have graphic novels in a variety of languages, a collection that we are actively developing.
Watch this short tour to get an overview of the MMLL Library collections!
All materials in the MMLL Library are labeled by classmark, which is a combination of letters and numbers, often separated by dots (for example, R7.TOLS.1, L24A.B.54, etc.).
When you search for an item in iDiscover, it will display the item location (the library it is in) and its classmark.
When you click on the link showing availability ("Available at..."), you will access more information about the item.
Classmarks of the items correspond to the specific language or subject collection in the library - you can download a floor guide that will show you the first letter for each collection. If the item classmark starts with zero, it is a referencing item, and it cannot be borrowed.
The Beit Library, on the third floor of the MMLL Library, was founded by a donation from Sir Otto John Beit (1865-1930) and celebrated its centenary in November 2013. The Library is especially strong on the history of the German language and on literature of the classical period (notably Goethe) and of the nineteenth century. It also includes books on philosophy, history, art and a major collection of reference works. It is open to readers during MMLL Library opening hours.
The Reserve Room contains a good selection of books pre-1900 in most of the languages supported by the library.
The library holds more than 5,000 DVDs. The collection was initiated to support the teaching and learning of the Centre for Film and Screen, located within the Faculty, but has grown substantially from that initial remit into a complete research collection on Film and TV Studies.
You can find newspapers and magazines in the library lobby. They are reference only, so not borrowable. The Library subscribes to numerous periodicals, such as:
The University subscribes to a vast number of electronic databases and e-journals - please check the 'E-Resources' page and iDiscover. If you have queries regarding the print newspapers and magazines held by the MMLL Library, please email us.
MMLL Library holds print copies of past exam papers and examinors' reports. However, you can easily access them on Moodle.
The Library also holds print copies of dissertations, essays, and Year Abroad projects in the library computer room. They are reference only, so not borrowable.
You can access the electronic versions of the Year Abroad projects and Optional Dissertations via the Google drive (you might need to login with your Raven details, using [your CRSID]@csah.cam.ac.uk as your email address).
Please contact us if you need to access specific examples of student works.
Find past exam papers and examinors' reports on Moodle!
You can find examinors' reports by searching for your specific area of study in Moodle.