Using the Jerwood Library

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 Monday to Friday 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.

Accessibility +-

We are keen to ensure that the physical library, our online resources and the support we offer meet your individual requirements.

There is step-free access into the library through one hinged door and a lift to all floors of the building, except to the computer room on the third floor.

There are two unisex toilets. These are not accessible for wheelchair users.

Many of the Library shelves are tall are require the use of a kick stool to reach the higher shelves. Library staff will be happy to assist.

For students with disabilities or physical or mental health conditions which mean they are unable to visit the Library in person, the Library is pleased to offer a book delivery/return system. Requests should normally be made by email to the Library.

A range of equipment is kept in the staff office and may be used by students within the Library:

  • Coloured paper for printing
  • Ear plugs
  • Laptop stands
  • Book chairs

Please get in touch to discuss how we can best support your specific needs.

Finding books and other resources +-

iDiscover is the best place to start your search across all Cambridge libraries. To find out if the Jerwood library has a particular book select ‘Trinity Hall’ from the drop down list next to the search box, or use the search box for the Jerwood library on this page. the  It includes books in Cambridge libraries and online resources, including ebooks and ejournals and content deposited by members of the University in our institutional repository Apollo.  You can filter and refine your searches by location, format, date of publication etc.

Look at the Help guide for iDiscover for some helpful tips.

Use the eresources Libguide to find find online articles, ejournals, databases, ebooks and more.

ejournals@cambridge provides a traditional A-Z list of all ejournals licensed for use by current members of the University of Cambridge.

JANUS Janus provides access to more than 1800 catalogues of archives held throughout Cambridge.  New users are recommended to read the Janus welcome pages.

Borrowing books and DVDs +-

The Library is self-service. To borrow, use the self-issue machine in the entrance hall. You will need to scan your University Card, and place the books on the pad. You may take the books once the Self-issue machine 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 at one time and a maximum of four DVDs. Books are issued for an initial 7 days for undergraduates and an initial 28 days for graduates and staff. Most loans will be automatically renewed for you by the system. No need to worry about doing it yourself. You can see what you have borrowed by logging into your library account via iDiscover.

If someone recalls a book or DVD that you have borrowed please bring it back within three days. Once this has expired, charges are added at the rate of 1.00p per book or 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.

Recalling books +-

If you need an item that’s on loan to someone else, you can use the ‘request’ option in iDiscover to ask for it to be returned. Not sure how to do that? Help is available from this LibGuide.

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 £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.

Computers, printing and photocopying +-

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.

To print from the Library photocopier you will need to download the DS-Print PaperCut software to your personal device.

For full installation and support instructions go to: https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/printing

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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