Online resources & studying remotely

Online journals and databases

  • Over 130,000 ejournal titles and 400 databases are available off-campus. Simply search ‘Articles and online resources’ in the iDiscover catalogue, or download the LibKey Nomad browser extension which will direct you to full text articles when these are available from Cambridge University Libraries.
  • More information and support for online resources can be found on the E-resources home page or email



  • The University has access to over 1.2 million ebooks off-campus and most are available through links in the iDiscover catalogue.
  • We are acquiring more ebooks daily. If you need a book and it is not already available electronically to you, please recommend an ebook for acquisition. If an ebook is available to purchase from the publisher, access can often be arranged very quickly.
  • More information and support for online resources can be found in the Cambridge ebooks LibGuide or email


Readers with disabilities


Access to physical books and journals while you are away from Cambridge

  • Scan & Deliver – request an individual scanned copy of one chapter (or 5%) of a monograph or one article per issue of a journal from the modern collections held in Cambridge University Libraries, subject to relevant conservation approval and copyright permission. You may also use the Scan & Deliver form to request a printout of a chapter or article from any material held by the library’s Electronic Legal Deposit collection (normally accessible only via designated computers) or to order free low resolution digital scans of Special Collections items for personal research use.
  • Virtual Reading Room – anyone with an enquiry about UL Special Collections items can engage the help of their expert curators who can schedule a phone or Zoom/Teams video call to discuss your questions. They may be able to check material on your behalf in order to answer specific questions. An overhead visualiser is available so that you can examine material directly online with the help of staff onsite. They may also be able to supply digital images. (This service was previously known as Ask a Curator)


As ever, if the College Library team can help with anything please do not hesitate to ask.

Email the librarian