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Welcome! Your library is here to support you throughout your time at Cambridge. 

Your Technology Libraries Team are proud to offer: 


West Hub Media Lab

West Hub Media Lab with microphones and green screen

Hey there, content creators!

Did you know your West Hub is making it easy for all to create quality audio and video content with their new Media Lab? 

This facility is open to staff, students, and the public to create a range of digital content, like:

  • Campaigns for social media
  • Course promotion
  • Course intros
  • Event promotion
  • Training videos
  • Talking heads
  • Podcasts 

The West Hub's Digital Media Lab can be used to record high-quality videos and audio to deliver your digital content to the highest production standard. You can use the equipment to record green-screen videos, podcasts or add voice-overs to your presentation slides. Bring your brief and a script and the Media Team will provide the equipment and the technical assistance you need.

This service is free of charge for University projects that take up to 1 hour and 30 minutes of studio and post-production time (inclusive). Longer projects and commercial projects will be subject to hourly charges.

Please contact for more details and to book.   

New Self-Archiving Policy – action required by anyone publishing research

Person sat at on floor working from laptop in the libraryThe University launched a new Self-Archiving Policy on 1 April 2023, following the year-long Rights Retention Pilot.

The policy gives Cambridge researchers a cost-effective route to make the accepted version of their papers open access without embargo – something that is now required by almost all research funders. It applies to all peer-reviewed research articles submitted after 1 April 2023, including reviews and conference papers.

One key difference between the new Self-Archiving Policy and the previous Rights Retention Pilot is that it is opt-out rather than opt-in.

This means that all researchers must either:

a) Follow the policy

Before submission, ensure that your co-authors agree to apply a CC BY licence to the accepted manuscript. Alternative licences are permitted providing they are in line with funder requirements.

It is advisable to include the following sentence in your article’s financial disclosure or acknowledgements section: “For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission”. This ensures that the publisher is aware of your intention to retain the right to distribute the accepted manuscript.

On acceptance, deposit your article into the repository through Symplectic Elements.

Researchers can include any preference for an alternative Creative Commons licence using the options provided.

b) Opt Out

Email stating your intention to opt out. When depositing papers into the repository through Symplectic Elements, it is your responsibility to inform us that you are opting out by using fields provided in the form.

More information about the new policy can be found at

Guidance and FAQs are available at

Stationery Donation Centre: a green initiative by the Engineering Library

Students writing ideas down with various items of stationery In December 2022, the Engineering Library set up a Stationery Donation Centre, putting a call out to staff in the Engineering Department to see if they had any unused stationery which could be put to better use by students frequenting the library.

Students in the Engineering Library are always asking for stationery items, especially pens and paper.  

Well, we were overwhelmed and delighted by the enthusiastic response from our colleagues in the department and the library's stash of stationery for use by students has increased considerably.  We received over 350 pens, 100 pencils, 250 lined notepads, as well as graph paper, plastic wallets, paper clips and more.  Looking at an average purchase price for these items, we have calculated that we are now able to recycle and reuse over £500 worth of stationery which would otherwise be languishing at the back of cupboards or drawers.  

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this valuable sustainability initiative.

West Hub now open!

West Hub staircaseYou may have noticed that the new West Hub building on the West Cambridge site is now open! Everyone is welcome at the Hub, and with a wide variety of individual and group study spaces located throughout the building you’re guaranteed to find the perfect place to work. Read more about the West Hub Library - Cambridge University Libraries' newest service.

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