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Cambridge Libraries Inter-Library Loan (ILL) services

You can request an article or book you need if it is not held (is not physically available for reading/lending) or is not subscribed online by Cambridge Libraries and we will try to obtain it for you from another library.  Links to the ILL pages of libraries offering this service, including some Faculty and Departmental libraries, and the University Library, are provided here.

Cambridge Libraries will be sourcing your request from the British Library or other major academic libraries and your request will usually be delivered direct to your email account via Secure Electronic Delivery, thereby avoiding postage delays.  For more information on Secure Electronic Delivery see the University Library's information page here.

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Cambridge Libraries scan & deliver services

The Betty & Gordon Moore Library, the Engineering Department Library and the University Library offer a scan & delivery service for items held in these libraries.

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Betty & Gordon Moore Library Scan & Deliver service

This free service is provided to allow staff and students, who are currently at Cambridge University, to get remote access to materials held in the Betty & Gordon Moore Library that is not currently available electronically.

Engineering Department Scan & Deliver service

The Engineering Department offers this service free of charge for University of Cambridge staff and students to get remote access to items from the Engineering Library.

University Library Digital Content Unit

The University Library provides and licenses high-quality digital images of the Library's collections through its Digital Content Unit. You should contact the DCU before you reproduce Library materials in publications, websites or broadcasts. You might need to order the images and then (when you are ready to publish) complete the licensing process.

Article Galaxy from Reprints Desk

The University does not subscribe to the Article Galaxy service as an institution, but you can register for a free account as an individual and upgrade your account if you want to gain unlimited access to its research gadgets.

We recommend our Inter-Library Loan services as your best and first option, but you may prefer Article Galaxy as an individual subscriber if your need to purchase or rent a document is very urgent. Article Galaxy claims to deliver the PDF "to your inbox within minutes". 

A partial list of publishers whose articles are available at a discounted rate, or at list price, via Article Galaxy is available on this page.

JSTOR article access

The University subscribes to the great majority of archival journal collections on JSTOR, but there are some collections (e.g. in Business) and some current issues that although they are unembargoed on JSTOR still require a subscription and for which access is not available.   

JSTOR provides options for individuals - either for free or at a minimum cost - to get access to content on its platform that may not be available to you via Cambridge institutional subscriptions.  An individual account can provide read access of up to six articles a month online for free.  JPASS provides reduced rates for individual subscriptions.  Frequently asked questions on JPASS and the journals included can be found here.   

There are also substantial tranches of content (books, journals and "early journal content" published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere) that JSTOR makes available Open Access to everyone.

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For help with access to e-resources:
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 333054


For Open Access enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 765740



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