Library News

End of term arrangements, Michaelmas Term 2017

All loans are due back by 11pm on Monday 27 November.
If this is likely to cause problems because of outstanding work, please contact the Library to make a special arrangement – tel: (01223 3)38970 or email:  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

Vacation borrowing

Vacation borrowing starts at 1pm on Wednesday 29 November.

The Library will be closed that morning for final checking and tidying.Should there be any URGENT reason why you must use the Library that morning, please ring the doorbell.

You may borrow up to 10 items for the vacation. No vacation borrowing is permitted until all term loans are returned and bills settled.

Vacation loans are due back by 11pm on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Vacation opening hours

The Library will be open 10am-11pm on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December.

Thereafter, opening hours will be 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (closed weekends) although it will be necessary to close for lunch on some days.

The Library will CLOSE for the holiday period on Wednesday 20 December, reopening on Thursday 4 January 2018. 

Full Term opening begins again the weekend before the start of  Lent Full Term (13–14 January 2018).   

Library opening hours, Michaelmas Term 2017

Full Term opening hours for the Michaelmas Term 2017:-  

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

Outside of Full Term, the Library is open 9am - 5pm (weekdays only).

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.

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 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. "Library help" includes information about finding ebooks ( and there are even clips on YouTube about how to find and use e-books:

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 (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

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.

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