Monthly Archives: May 2017

Re-imagining library spaces at the University of Cambridge

Take a look at ‘The Tracker Project’ report by Furturelib! Students using the Chemistry Library wore eyetracking devices while finding books and other items – with fascinating results. We will digest the project findings and hopefully act upon them in future.

Let us know what you think!

Source: Re-imagining library spaces at the University of Cambridge

Do you know where these two missing books are?

These are the only two books that we found to be missing during our annual stock check:

Organic synthesis : the disconnection approach / Stuart Warren and Paul Wyatt. QD262.W37 2008. 2nd ed. (Short loan copy).


Workbook for organic synthesis : the disconnection approach / Stuart Warren and Paul Wyatt. QD262.W37 2009 (Short loan copy).


Have you seen them anywhere? Please could you check your offices, labs, rooms in case they have found their way there.

Moore Library’s Scan & Deliver now free

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This free service is provided by the Betty & Gordon Moore Library to allow Cambridge University staff and students to get remote access to any of its material that is not currently available electronically.

Complete the online form to request a scan from a journal article or book that is held in its collections. The service aims to deliver documents to you by email within a 24-hour time-frame. This saves you time and effort in visiting the Moore Library personally to scan / copy items (although it is a really nice place to work in, see here!).

Please be aware that the service only covers the holdings of the Betty & Gordon Moore Library. It is not able to provide scans from material held at any other library within the University, including the main University Library.

The Library houses the University Library’s working collections in the physical sciences, technology and both pure and applied mathematics.


iDiscover help: What do records mentioning “Online access restricted to designated PCs”, or “UL: Temporary Store 2” mean?


What does “Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries” mean?

Where it says on a record for a journal or a book that “Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries”, this means that it is an e-legal deposit copy.

Cambridge University Library is one of six ‘legal deposit’ libraries in the UK & Ireland. This means it must receive a copy of every book and journal published in the UK from the publisher, for free. Recently the law was changed to include electronic books and journals and so many publishers now choose to deposit the online versions instead. These items are available on designated PCs in the main University Library and some Affiliated Libraries only (which does not include the Chemistry Library). You cannot save the PDF, and may not be able to print it off either.

Find out more on how to access e-legal deposit items here.

What does “UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan” mean?

Many items are currently being held in an off-site store which is not accessible, i.e. a ‘dark’ store. This will include physical material formerly held by either the Betty & Gordon Moore Library, the Central Science Library, the University Library or the Medical Library.

If a record on iDiscover says that an item’s location is “UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan” this means that you need to make a free request for it as an Inter-Library Loan item. We recommend that you use the Betty & Gordon Moore Library’s Inter-Library Loan service to do this. You can complete their online form to request an item to be scanned for and sent to you.


Did you know that you can scan items in the library and send them to your @cam email address as a PDF, for free? Find out what else you can do using our ‘multifunctional device’ …


You may not be aware of this but you can use our library MFD (MultiFunctional Device) to do all of these things:

  • Scan items and send them to your @cam email address as a PDF, for free!
  • Scan or photocopy multiple-page documents using the feeder on top of the machine – even if they’re two-sided! (Multiple-page documents can be scanned into one whole document).
  • Staple your copied/printed documents!
  • Send print jobs from your own laptop or workstation! (Instructions here).

The library MFD is located in the Print Room next to the Library Office. We have just written new instructions on how to use the MFD for scanning and copying and displayed them in the Print Room. They are also available on our IT Facilities website here.

There are two other MFDs located in Rooms G30 and 154. You can collect (‘release’) the print jobs that you send from a computer in the library (or from your laptop or workstation) from any of these.

Undergraduates can find out how to send and pay for photocopying and printing here.

Postgraduate students and researchers can ask library staff to credit their account from a grant/ledger code to pay for printing and photocopying.

The scans are in colour, and we think they are of great quality, as well as being quick and easy to do as compared with using a traditional flatbed scanner! Give it a go! But maybe don’t what this Minion is doing!

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Want to work in your room but need an app which is only on University computers?

laptop-1019782_1280 (2)Use DS-Remote!

DS-Remote is a service exclusively for the use of University of Cambridge students to aid in access to Windows applications outside of the MCS for use on a device, having installed a remote desktop client.


Access your favourite cloud storage on MCS Windows

Did you know that on MCS Windows its possible to access your favourite cloud storage?

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Click on the Start button on the MCS (ex-PWF) machines in the Chemistry Library, or in Rooms G30 and 154:

Start -> Microsoft -> OneDrive
Start -> Dropbox -> Dropbox
Start -> Google -> Google Drive

Shiny new things now available in the Chemistry Library to make your life easier

As a result of feedback from undergraduate students on the Committee for the Library and Scholarly Communication, we have purchased the following:

Some new mice

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The mice currently in use are quite cheap and insubstantial. We have spent (only a little) bit more money on a selection of three mice from Logitech, follow these links to find out more:

These will be kept in the Library Office to borrow, just ask when you need one.


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Apparently these are useful for students when they are photocopying. These are located in the Print Room (the small room next to the Library Office).

An anti-glare screen hood

Sometimes there is glare on the computer screens in the library. This adjustable hood will be kept in the Library Office to borrow, just ask when you need it.

We hope these help. Please do not remove them from the Library!