Library News

Long Vacation 2017 opening hours

9.00am - 5.00pm*
(closed weekends)

* There may be times when it is necessary to close 1.00pm-2.00pm for lunch and/or to open at 10.00am, depending on staff availability.

The Library will be closed from 5.00pm on Friday 18 August until 9.00am on Monday 4 September.

The following are also exceptions to the opening hours given above:-

  • Thursday 22 June: open 10.00am-5.00pm
  • Thursday 29 June: open 9.00am-1.30pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • Friday 30 June: open 9.00am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.00pm
  • Monday 3 July: open 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • Tuesday 11 July: open 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • Thursday 13 Juy: open 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • Friday 20 July: open 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • From Monday 31 July until Friday 18 August: open 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm except
  • Tuesday 15 August: open 9.00am-1.00pm only
  • Wednesday 16 August: open 9.00am-10.30am, 11.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • Closed from 5.00pm on Friday 18 August until 9.00am on Monday 4 September
  • From Monday 4 September until Friday 8 September: open 9.00am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.00pm
  • It may also be necessary to close for other periods at short notice.

If planning a journey specifically to come to the Library, it would be worth contacting us in advance – tel. 01223 338970 or email JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

Full Term hours and weekend opening recommence on Saturday 30 September.

Please note that these opening hours apply just to the Library: the opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections remain as stated on the Arranging a visit page.

On this day in history: 7 June 1866

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the 1866 women's suffrage petition: http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/news/986-on-this-day-in-history-7-june-1866-womens-suffrage-petition

Find out how to arrange a visit to the Girton College Archive or the Library to see our copies of this petition for yourself: Arranging a visit

Accessing electronic resources (e.g. e-journals, e-books) while away from Cambridge

If you are planning to use electronic resources (e.g. electronic journals) while away from Cambridge, please make sure before you leave that you know the correct passwords.

Many (but not all) of the 110,000 electronic journals to which the University subscribes, including those hosted on JSTOR, can be accessed while away from Cambridge. You will need to use your UIS password (or Raven password if you still have 3 separate passwords). See the middle column of http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/eresources for information about e-journals and passwords.  It is strongly recommended that you access electronic journals via either iDiscover or the link from the libguide because, where possible, the links have been configured to take you straight to the Raven login page.

Many (but not all) of the databases to which the University subscribes can be accessed while away from Cambridge. You will need to use your UIS or Raven password.  Again, see http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/eresources to find out which databases are available. There are a few resources which need different passwords or additional passwords.

You will also need your UIS or Raven password if you wish to access e-books while you are away from Cambridge.  Links are provided directly to the e-books from the iDiscover catalogue (http://www.idiscover.cam.ac.uk) in most cases. There are some e-books which don’t show up on iDiscover; see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/ebooks/ for access to those. "Library help" includes information about finding ebooks (https://help.lib.cam.ac.uk/) and there are even clips on YouTube about how to find and use e-books: http://www.youtube.com/user/ebookscamb.

Further information about using UIS or Raven passwords to access the electronic resources provided by the University Library can be found at http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/eresources/help. Please note that access to electronic resources is via Shibboleth not Athens; if you do not immediately see the Raven login page, you are generally looking for a link called something like "Shibboleth login" or "Institutional login" or "UK Federation". It is strongly recommended that you access electronic resources via the listings on the UL website or the iDiscover catalogue because, where possible, the links have been configured to take you straight to the Raven login page.

If you can't remember your UIS password (or your Raven password if you are still using separate passwords), you will need to take action before you leave Cambridge.  See http://www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/accounts/forgotten-passwords for information or contact the College's Computer Officer (Andrew Leader: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ) or Acting Librarian (Jenny Blackhurst: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ). If you have any queries about electronic resources or the passwords needed to access them, please get in touch. The Girton College Library web site includes information about electronic resources and useful links, as well as access to our library catalogue. See http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/library.

Please note, however, that the College Library will close for the holiday on Tuesday 20 December and will reopen on Wednesday 4 January 2017. Girton's own library catalogue will be off-line for the same period although iDiscover will remain available.

Thank you.