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Cambridge Libraries

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

Online Catalogue: iDiscover
Location map: University Map
  • Librarian: Mr Peter Lund, BSc, MSc, Dip. Lib., AHEA.
  • Archivist: Ms Naomi Boneham
  • Archives Collections Assistant: Ms Laura Ibbett
  • Senior Library Assistant: Ms Frankie Marsh
  • Arctic Information Specialist: Dr Eleanor Peers
Admits: The Polar Library is open to members of the University and anyone with a polar research interest. Anyone wishing to use maps, theses or the Special Collections should contact us in advance so we can ensure support and study space is available. The Polar Library is a reference only library.
  • 54,000 monographs
  • 10,000 pamphlets
  • 2,500 maps of the polar regions can be found using iDiscover. Please ask Library staff to retrieve these and for help in finding uncatalogued maps
  • 400 films set in or about the Polar Regions in DVD and VHS formats
  • 200 atlases
  • 84 current print journal subscriptions
  • Journal back issues of some 3,000 print titles.
  • Masters dissertations 1973-2018 are held in hard copy. 42% of all SPRI theses 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Special collections: The Thomas H Manning Archive holds an extensive collection of unpublished journals, letters and other manuscripts relating to the exploration of both polar regions.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:
  • BB Roberts ornithological collection – a collection of reprints about Antarctic birds filed by bird species.
  • 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 consisting of 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 09:00-17:30, closed between 13:00-14:00


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