Information for Students

The Jerwood Library provides library services to all the following members of the College: undergraduates, current graduate students, Fellows and College staff.

Opening hours and admission policy +-

The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the undergraduates, current graduate students, fellows and staff of Trinity Hall only, using a university card for access. The library is usually staffed between 9.00-1.00pm and 2.00-5.00pm and, in addition, a team of Library Support Staff made up of graduate students work in the evenings and at weekends during Full Term.

Exceptionally, members of other colleges of the University may be admitted to the library to consult a book, but should contact library staff for permission prior to any visit. Access is usually granted only if resources are unavailable elsewhere in the University, and borrowing is restricted to Trinity Hall’s undergraduates, current graduate students, fellows and staff.

Borrowing books and DVDs +-

The Library is self-service. To borrow, use the self-issue machine in the entrance hall, scan your University Card, and place the books on the pad. You may take the books once the computer has registered the loan.

If the self-issue machine isn’t working, books can be borrowed using the borrowing forms in the entrance hall. To borrow a DVD, please bring the case to the library office, and a member of staff will fetch the DVD for you. Items are returned by placing them in the returns box, also in the entrance hall

Up to ten books can be borrowed for two weeks during term time. Books can also be borrowed for the whole of the vacation. In addition, up to four DVDs can also be borrowed for seven days. Please note that DVDs can only be borrowed when a member of staff is present to issue the disc. Students with disabilities may borrow more books and have extended loan periods.

Courtesy reminders are emailed when books or DVDs are due for return. However, please remain aware of the due dates of your loans. There are charges for all overdue loans and recalled items, though we provide a one day ‘grace period’ once items become overdue, during which no charges are added so long as the loans are returned within the ‘grace period’. Once this has expired charges are added at the rate of 25p per book (50p if the item has been recalled) or 50p per DVD per day from the date on which the item first became overdue. Overdue charges are added to your College bill at the end of term.

Renewing and recalling books +-

Books may be renewed as long as they have not been recalled by another reader. You can renew books online by logging into your library account via iDiscover. If you have borrowed the book for the maximum amount of time you can also re-issue the book to yourself at the self-issue machine.

You can also recall books from your library account. This is particularly helpful if books are in high demand. If a book is recalled, the person who has the book on loan receives an email letting them know that they should return the book within three days. You will receive an email as soon as the book become available. The overdue charge for books with a recall or hold is 50p per day and for DVDs with a recall or hold is £1.00 per day.

Recommending books +-

We are always extremely happy to receive recommendations of titles from students or Fellows, including for additional copies of textbooks. To request a book, please complete the online recommendation form, email the library or fill out a paper form by the self-issue machine. We submit recommendations to the relevant Director of Studies for approval prior to purchase, and aim to acquire recommended books as quickly as possible.

Journals and magazines +-

We subscribe to several magazines, including The EconomistNew Scientist, The New Yorker, L’ObsDer Spiegel and London Review of Books, amongst others. The latest copies of these are stored in the entrance hall, and back issues are behind the display shelves. Please note that journals and magazines are for reference only, and should not be removed from the library.

Photocopying and scanning +-

The photocopying room is just off the entrance hall. The photocopier/printer works with the University Card and pre-payment via the Common Balance system. Black and white copying/printing costs 5p per sheet of A4 or A3 paper. Colour copying/printing costs 15p per sheet of A4 or A3 paper. Scans are sent to your email account and are free of charge.

You can also print and scan in the computer area on the 3rd floor.

Laptops and wi-fi +-

The computer room is on the 3rd floor of the library. Printing charges are added directly to your college bill. Paper for the printers is stored in the library office. Wi-fi is available throughout the library, and laptops may be used anywhere except the Reading Room, which is a designated computer-free space. Ethernet cables, along with headphones and book chairs, can be borrowed from the library office.

Well-being collection +-

The Well-being collection is on the 2nd floor of the  library. We have self-help books on well-being issues, whether for your own use, or to help you support a friend.

Borrowing is anonymous: neither staff nor students can see who has which books. Simply take the books you need from the shelves and fill in a borrowing slip with the book’s details. When you have finished with them, place the books in the drop box.

There are also film DVDs, general fiction and board games for relaxation.

Special Collections +-

The Jerwood Library’s special collections are housed in the Reading Room on the ground floor. The Larman Collection covers books on Tudor and Stuart history. The Strangman Collection covers a wide range of subjects including 18th- and 19th-century English literature. The Trinity Hall Collection contains books by and/or about members of Trinity Hall or the history of the College.

Many, but not all, of the books in the special collections may be borrowed. However, they are only accessible during the hours that the library is staffed. If you would like to consult the special collections, please contact the library staff.


Ebooks +-

Most ebooks can be found using iDiscover, the library catalogue. Simply search in the way as you would for a printed book, and then select the ‘ebooks’ option from the drop-down list to the left of the Search button. Click on the title of the ebook to open the full record, and a link to the ebook is provided. If you’re on campus, clicking the link will bring up the ebook immediately, and if you’re off campus, you’ll need to log in via the automatic Raven authentication page first.

For more information on accessing and using ebooks, have a look at the ebooks@cambridge website.

Ejournals +-

Most ejournals or journal articles can also be found through iDiscover. If you’re looking for a specific article from a reading list, for example, just search for the title of the article and restrict the results by selecting the ‘Articles and online resources’ radio button. A link to the ejournal is provided in the record. If you’re off-campus, a Raven password is required.

You may prefer to use Google or Google Scholar.  Google Scholar can be set up to display an “ejournals@cambridge” link alongside article citations.  This link will indicate that you have access to the article as a member of the University.   By clicking on the link you will be routed to the article.  To set up the display of “ejournals@cambridge” links in Google Scholar, go to Settings (three horizontal bars icon).   Click on Library links.   Search for Cambridge in the search box.  Tick the tick box for “University of Cambridge – ejournals@cambridge” and click Save.   The next time you use GS you will see the links to your entitled access as a member of the University.

Lots of ejournal articles can be downloaded as PDF files and then printed or sent to e-reader devices. For more guidance on accessing ejournals, take a look at the eresources website. Please contact library staff if you want any more information.

There are many databases and bibliographies available to you for more specific searching in your subject area.  We recommend you consult the LibGuide in your subject or visit the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z for a full list.

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