Thursday, 29 April 2021


 The Marshall Library is open and offering 12 bookable seats during Easter Term between 1-4pm from Monday 26th April to Friday 18th June.


To book a seat go to this calendar (on our website):


You must wear a mask at all times while in the Marshall Library.

You must follow the one-way system and only sit in your booked seat. 

The seats that cannot be used will be clearly marked. 

(Access to the Library is still closed unless you have booked a seat or the Bloomberg Terminal. )

You must turn up at 12.55pm and queue outside the Marshall Library door in a socially distanced manner. At 1pm a member of Library staff will open the door and supervise the entrance.

You must scan the NHS QR code track & trace poster on entrance and sanitise your hands.

You must maintain 2m distance from each other and library staff at all times.

Cleaning stations with sanitiser and disinfectant wipes will be made available on the Gallery floor near the 12 bookable seats. Please wipe the desk, seats and and managed desktop computers you have used before you leave.


In order to open the Marshall Library safely it will be necessary to have all the Library windows open to comply with covid ventilation safety requirements. This means that the reading room is cold to sit in. We recommend that you wrap up warm for your session.


You are not allowed to Browse and Borrow books, as it is not possible to open seats and provide this service too whilst complying with social distancing requirements. If you need print materials you will still have to follow the current Click & Collect system via the iDiscover catalogue to access Marshall Library materials.


If you arrive late for a session we cannot guarantee entry. If you leave your seat, except to go to the toilet in the lobby on the Marshall side of Austin Robinson Building, we will not readmit you during the afternoon session.


Only those with booked seats may use the toilets on the Marshall side of the building, unless you are Faculty of Economics and have permission to enter the building. Under no circumstances may you admit anyone else to the Austin Robinson Building to use the toilet or for any other purpose.


If any reader fails to comply with any of the terms and conditions which are set up for your safety and that of Library staff you will be asked to leave the building.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Remote Access to E-resources - some useful tips!

 If you are working at home or are remote from Cambridge here are some tips to help you.

  1.  LEAN LIBRARY - Download Lean Library to help you access book chapters and articles. It should also flag alternative access to ebooks where we have access to ebooks via different routes. Once installed in your browser links you automatically to your article via IP and subscription access. If a subscription is not available it will link you to suitable Open Access versions 
  2. BROWZINE - a new tablet application (iOS & Android) where you can browse, read and follow thousands of scholarly journals available to you thanks to the University’s subscriptions or on open access.  You can also use Browzine on your desktop. You can download Browzine for iOS or Android devices via the App store.
  3. BROWZINE LIBKEY NOMAD is a browser extension that links you to full text articles available from Cambridge University Libraries, like Lean Library it will offer OA alternatives where subscriptions are not available but it does not provide this service for ebooks.