Reasons to Love your Library #4: Resources

by Jo Harcus on 11 February 2016

Today is all about resources – that’s library-speak for the stuff you come to libraries (physical and virtual) to use.

We regularly purchase books from reading lists for taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses but if there are things you need which we don’t currently have, please get in touch with the details. Your recommendations are always welcome and are incredibly helpful to us in maintaining our collections.

Similarly, if items you need are already on loan email us and we can recall them for you. Your recall requests help us to identify titles which are in high demand and we can sometimes purchase extra copies so don’t hesitate to ask us.

As well as reading list items, we have lots of resources to help you develop your study and research skills and maintain wellbeing. Come and have a look at the selection we’ve picked out for Love your Library Week in the foyer today.

We also have several special collections of Victorian children’s books, works on heraldry, oriental subjects and the history of Christendom. Our popular Scribbling Women Collection can be found in the Kwi Ok Yeu Room at the top of the Library and at Histon Road. A selection of crime books from the collection is also now available in the Paul Paget Room. To borrow just take a book and, when you’ve finished with it, pop it back on the shelves for others to enjoy.

Why not take a break and head upstairs for a blind date with a book?  For Love your Library Week we’ve wrapped up our favourite novels from the Scribbling Women Collection. Read the attached lonely hearts ads to find your perfect match then unwrap, curl up on the sofa and get to know your blind date a little better!

It’s not just print books and journals that we have to offer. Don’t forget about ebooks and ejournals. You can access them anywhere online 24/7 and they won’t weigh you down!  We also have a number of British and foreign films on DVD and several anatomical models and skeletons available to borrow.

It can be tricky to search for what you need across the various different libraries and databases available so pop along to this afternoon’s Library and Information Helpdesk for tips on finding what you need fast. Also ask us about Cambridge LibGuides – a collection of online guides to the resources available for your subject area and topic guides to help you manage your references.

Space, people, services and resources - what more could we possibly have to offer?! Come back tomorrow to find out!  In the meantime, don’t forget to join us in the foyer today at 11am for a free cuppa and a slice of our Love your Library Week cake. See you there!