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Fitzwilliam and University Library catalogues

Fitzwilliam Library Catalogue

All of Fitzwilliam library stock can now be found in iDiscover along with books and resources across the University.

You can do all of the following on-line:

  • Search the Catalogue

  • Review loans

  • Renew and reserve books

The on-line catalogue also gives information on availability and location of books. 

Searching on iDiscover for a book

When searching the catalogue, you will see a number of fields:

  • Collection refers to the location of the book. Floor 0, Floor 1, etc.

  • Classification gives the classmark, it’s on the spine label so you can find the book on the shelves in that location.

  • Status gives the availability of the book. Please ask the staff when the status is not AVAILABLE - we will help you find what you need, which may include fetching it from our STORE, and if the book is ON LOAN please place a request via iDiscover. If you place a request we can see that there is more demand for a book and order extra copies, if appropriate.


University Library Catalogue

Searching iDiscover also includes the University Library catalogue. ALL of the University's libraries print and online collections is available to use. Although many physical resources have to be requested as they may not on the open shelves, you’ll also have access to millions of online resources in one single search. You will discover books, ebooks, videos, theses, open access content and many more formats.  

Please note that you are only entitled to use Fitzwilliam Library, subject related department or faculty libraries, and the University Library. Other libraries must be contacted to ask permission to browse or borrow from them. All College Libraries are specifically for the members of that college, and this should be respected by all users.

University Library

The Cambridge University Library is a Legal Deposit Library, meaning that it can request a copy of every book, journal, map and musical work published in Britain, and nearly every significant English-language publication worldwide. It holds over eight million books.

All members of the University are entitled to use the University Library, and since 2010 postgraduates and all undergraduates may borrow books from the Library. The Tea Room in the Library serves meals, snacks and refreshments and is one of many areas ideal for relaxed study. 

The University Library can be accessed via West Road or Burrell's Walk.