Library News

Library opening hours, Lent Term 2018

Full Term opening hours for Lent Term 2018 are:-  

  • Mondays - Fridays: 9am - 11pm
  • Saturdays & Sunday: 10am - 11pm

During the Easter Vacation, the Library will open from 9am until 5pm (extended to 9pm on three out of five weeks), Mondays to Fridays only.

Items borrowed for the Christmas Vacation will be due back on Wednesday 17 January.

Weekly borrowing resumes on Monday 15 January.  Current undergraduate and graduate members of the College may borrow up to 10 titles at a time, and during Full Term the loan period is 7 days.  Fines are levied for overdue items at a rate of 50 pence per day per standard loan item.

Opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are separate; if you are planning to visit in person, please see the Arranging a visit webpage.  Thank you.

On this day in history: 7 June 1866

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the 1866 women's 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 over 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 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 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 ( in most cases. There are some e-books which don’t show up on iDiscover; see for access to those. To find clips on YouTube about how to find and use e-books, please go to

Further information about using UIS or Raven passwords to access the electronic resources provided by the University Library can be found at 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 for information or contact the College's Computer Officer (Kim Pearson  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ) or 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 website includes information about electronic resources and useful links, as well as access to our library catalogue. See



Please note, however, that the College Library will close for the holiday on Wednesday 20 December and will reopen on Thursday 4 January 2018. Girton's own library catalogue will be off-line for the same period although iDiscover will remain available.



Thank you.