Category Archives: Mobile devices

Docking solutions are now available in the Chemistry Library

Two ‘docking solutions’ consisting of a 27″ monitor, VGA and HDMI cables, mouse, and keyboard, are now available in the Chemistry Library.

This equipment is provided by the Chemistry Computer Officers to enable library users to access a large monitor via their laptop. There is no network connection.

Please connect your laptop to these, rather than removing cables from the other library PCs!


Instructions for use

Your laptop will need either a VGA or HDMI connection.

  1. Turn off the monitor (button is on the right underneath the bezel)
  2. Plug in your laptop and then turn on the monitor, wait to see if the laptop requires any drivers and then it should be good to go.
  3. If you wish to use the keyboard and mouse just plug the USB cable into your laptop. Wait until the drivers have been installed and again, you should be good to go.
  4. At the end of your session just unplug the connectors.


If you have any problems using this equipment please e-mail Chemistry Computing Support at

What do you think?

We welcome your feedback on this new service! Please drop by the Library Office and speak to one of us, or email

ACS mobile apps

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  • ACS2Go – ACS Publications’ mobile platform optimized for tablets and smartphones
  • C&EN – keep up to date with the latest chemistry news
  • ACS Journals Mobile App

Several other apps are available, for fun and careers interests.

Find out more on the ACS Mobile Apps website:

To find out more about apps from other publishers please see our blog:

Spacefinder website launched – matching your study preferences with available space across Cambridge


The new Spacefinder website – the second project in the Futurelib programme – which matches student study preferences with available spaces across Cambridge has officially launched.

Whether a student wants to work alone or in a group, silently or with background noise, in a modern or historic library, Spacefinder will show them matching spaces nearby. However, the service is not only limited to libraries – the project’s research phase revealed that students enjoy a wider study landscape and that many prefer to work outside of libraries in coffee shops or common areas.  This is why Spacefinder helps students locate these spaces too, thereby supporting students whatever their particular needs.

The service can be searched by study preferences, keyword or by navigating a map of Cambridge. Images of the spaces help the searcher decide whether the space is for them, as does information on the facilities they can expect to find there, such as WiFi, phone signal, large desks, caffeine and natural daylight.

Try it out today! Spacefinder can be accessed at:

It is important to note that this is a pilot website. Please report any bugs or glitches to

Find out more about Futurelib here:

BrowZine is back

Yes, BrowZine is back! Please do give your feedback on it – if you like it let us know and it might be subscribed to!


For a second trial, and now available for your mobile devices and in a standard Web browser version.

BrowZine was previously trialled in Michaelmas Term 2014.  BrowZine is now on trial again until 31 October 2015.  Please write to to tell us what you think of BrowZine.

Go tohereto access BrowZine for a Web browser

From your mobile device

  • Download BrowZine: From your Android, iOS or Kindle Fire device, visit the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store. Search for “BrowZine” and download the app to your device. (If you have previously been using BrowZine with our Open Access library, please delete the app and reinstall it.)
  • Access BrowZine: Tap on the app icon to open BrowZine. A list of libraries will appear, please select University of Cambridge. Enter at least one character in the box shown on the following screen and press Continue.

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RSC Mobile: access RSC journals subscribed content via the University wireless network

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RSC Mobile provides readers with access to search University subscribed RSC journals content from the RSC Publishing Platform via the University’s wireless network.

Download the app while you’re connected to a University wireless network (UniOfCam or Eduroam) and access the most relevant scientific research via Latest Articles or Search options and save articles for reading offline.

RSC Mobile includes:

  • Up-to-the-minute access to RSC journals
  • Full text HTML and PDF access via wireless networks for subscribing institutions/organisations
  • The latest news from our RSC Publishing Platform
  • Saving articles for offline reading
  • Share your favourite content via email, Twitter or Facebook

Find out more here!

Free JoVE mobile apps available

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Photo credit: Paul Hudson p_a_h on Flickr Creative Commons.

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) has just released two brand new mobile apps and a newly optimized version of the JoVE website which streamlines access to content from any mobile device.

Members of the University of Cambridge can now view JoVE on their iPhone, Android tablet or other device.

To download JoVE Mobile, search for ‘JoVE’ in the Apple app store or on Google Play.

Once you have downloaded the app you must select ‘Sign Up’ and create an account using your ‘@cam’ email address. This is how JoVE recognises that you are a member of the University of Cambridge so that you can access subscribed content.

The University has subscribed to the Biology (from 2006), Neuroscience (from 2010), and Immunology & Infection (from 2010) sections of JoVE.

Features of the apps include:

  • the ability to ‘favorite’ videos and add them to a list that you can access at any time
  • ability to browse videos
  • see recommendations for related videos that you might be interested in
  • see which videos have been added recently
  • share content through Twitter or Facebook

BrowZine News Flash: Android Smartphones Now Available

If you’ve been having problems installing and using BrowZine on your Android device – read this post!


News about our trial of BrowZine.

BrowZine can be used with Android Smartphones. 

Available for download from the Google Play store.

A note for users with a problem with BrowZine after download:

If you have had problems with BrowZine, you may need to “cold start” it.  Instructions for doing this can be found here:


Android/Kindle Fire:

Please continue to send your feedback to  Thank you.

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