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Cambridge Libraries

Address: Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER
Telephone: (3)36552

Online Catalogue: iDiscover
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  • Librarian: Mr Peter Lund, BSc, MSc, Dip. Lib., AFHEA.
  • Archivist: Ms Naomi Boneham
  • Senior Library Assistant: Nicola Hudson
Admits: The Polar Library is open to members of the University and anyone with a polar research interest. Visitors are requested to register in advance of their first visit. The Polar Library is a reference only library.
  • 54,000 monographs
  • 10,000 pamphlets
  • 3,000 maps of the polar regions.
  • 400 films set in or about the Polar Regions in DVD format
  • 200 atlases
  • Current subscriptions are held for a wide range of print periodicals of polar interest. Back issues of many ceased titles are retained in print if not available electronically.
  • 200 Masters dissertations in print format. (Over 100 dissertations are also available digitally in Apollo, the University's Institutional Repository).
  • Other material includes microforms and recorded oral history.
Special collections: The Thomas H Manning Archive holds an extensive collection of unpublished journals, letters and other manuscripts relating to the exploration of both polar regions. The Library holds over 2,000 books and other items in special collections relating to the history of polar exploration and glaciology including:
  • Breitfuss collection - a dispersed collection of over a thousand largely Russian and German language books, pamphlets and maps collected by the German marine biologist and polar explorer Leonid Breitfuss (1864-1950).
  • Seligman collection - bound volumes of glaciological papers.
Services: A self service multi-functional device is available for scanning and photocopying. A small charge is made for photocopying. The Archives offer a reprographics service (including photography of fragile items). Microfiche/film readers and audiovisual facilities, Internet access and Wi-Fi coverage are also available. Access is provided to Arctic & Antarctic Regions database for employees, students, registered patrons, walk-in patrons and other affiliated users.
Opening hours: Term and vacation: Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm, closed between 1pm and 2pm


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