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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.)


iDiscover contains SPRI's catalogue records of 51,000 books, 10,000 pamphlets, 2,000 maps as well as DVDs, theses and 2,000 print journal titles. The catalogue also has entries for over 100,000 journal articles on the polar regions linked to the print journal titles.

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
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