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Resources which support research, teaching and learning in Polar Studies

Polar Studies Collections in Cambridge

The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) Library is a reference library supporting research into the polar regions and ice and snow wherever found. The Library makes available many specialist print and online resources for Polar Studies. These pages give you an overview of the resources and research support available.

What on this guide?

On this guide, you'll find:

  • Information about resources, both print and online, that you have access to in Cambridge
  • Details of the collections held in the Scott Polar Research Institute which also include the Polar Museum, Thomas H Manning Archives and Picture Library.
  • How to recommend a book
  • Details of other libraries that might be relevant to your study or research
  • Information on referencing, getting started with research, and all the support available to you here in Cambridge

Locating print collections

SPRI is a reference library, so items cannot be borrowed and taken away for private study. Recommended lending libraries across the University are:

University Library

Department of Geography Library

(Your subject's Faculty or Departmental Library.)


At present iDiscover will only find those books acquired by the Polar Library since January 2016. We anticipate that the full library catalogue will be loaded into iDiscover during week beginning 30th September 2019. Until then please use the interim catalogue to find items acquired up to 2015.

Online resources

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Contact us

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Peter Lund
Scott Polar Research Institute
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER
01223 336563
Website Skype Contact: Owen.Peter.lund

Staff in SPRI Library and Archives