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Then: The library in the Computer Laboratory (2001–2020)

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And now: library collections in the West Hub (2022)

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Library facilities for all staff and students at the Computer Laboratory are now managed by the Technology Libraries Team, and the physical collection can be found in the West Hub on the opposite side of J.J. Thomson Avenue. Current library users are welcome between 8am and 9pm, with staff being available to answer any enquiries between 9am and 5pm. Current staff and students should be able to borrow items from the collection in the West Hub. Resources for computer scientists are also available from the Betty and Gordon Moore Library.

New students may find the induction page useful, while the library guide explains the services on offer. You can access many of the available resources by using the links on these pages. If you need any assistance then please contact the Technology Libraries Team. Alternatively the librarian, Nicholas Cutler will be pleased to help.

The Department's library was started soon after the Laboratory's foundation in 1937, and was housed within the Laboratory up until the Summer of 2019. At this time the collection included material from the earliest computers up to the present day, including about 4,500 books (including conference proceedings and theses), 100 periodical titles, and 14,000 technical reports. There was also a reference section and course books from the current undergraduate reading lists. The main collection was moved to the West Hub in Spring 2022, while extensive collections of journals and other resources are available electronically.

Recent news

Trial access has been arranged to a number of electronic resources in the fields of engineering and technology: Inspec, Inspec Analytics, Compendex and Knovel. These trials are part of the portfolio review (see below). We would welcome your feedback on these resources: please either contact the technology libraries team or complete the survey.
More details about the trial is available on the e-resources blog. The resources available in the trial are:

The Technology Libraries Team is currently undertaking a survey to help us understand users' needs and to capture academic priorities for the current portfolio of electronic resources. The feedback supplied will help to inform the development of this portfolio over the next three to five years. We are not consulting on well used resources, but instead concentrating on those where more information is required. In addition, several new resources have been identified by benchmarking peer institutions within the UK and abroad. Your views on these and any additional resources would be welcome.
The survey can be completed online and will remain open until 17th March 2023. We thank you for your participation in this review, your views are important to us.

The new version of the M.Phil. reading list for the academic year 2022-23 is now available. A copy in PDF format is available.

The new version of the undergraduate reading list, covering parts 1A, 1B and 2, for the academic year 2022-23 is now available. All recommended texts are available in the West Hub Library and may be found by searching the catalogue. Please contact the librarian for more information.

The University Library has announced the official launch of the Rapid Inter-library Loans service. This is a useful way of accessing material not held in Cambridge, and is much faster than traditional ILL services. The service is free and promises to deliver an electronic copy of the requested material within 24 hours in most cases. However, it relies on a copy being held in another participating UK institution, so it will not be possible to deliver all requests in this way. For more information, please see the Document Delivery Services libguide.

The Technology Libraries Team has launched a survey on useage of electronic resources. Please help us to make sure that the online resources we subscribe to meet your needs, by telling us what it is important for you to have access to and where it is important for you to publish. We would welcome responses from as many staff and research students as possible, and the survey will remain open until Monday 7th June

The Technology Libraries Team now has a new website. If you are interested in the range of library services and resources available across the School of Technology, including for the Computer Laboratory, then this is well worth a look. Resources specific to computer science will continue to be listed on the present pages.

In preparation for the opening of the West Cambridge Hub, we will shortly be moving the Computer Science book collection that has been temporarily available in the Moore Library into the Hub building. During the move there will be a short period of time during which the collection will be unavailable. Following this a click and collect service will be in operation until the Hub opens during Easter term.

A subscription to the O'Reilly for Higher Education package is now available. This provides access to a significant number of e-book titles, including many titles on the undergraduate reading list, and the famous O'Reilly computing books. The subscription is for a year in the first instance, and continuation beyond that will be dependant on usage and the availability of funding.

Trial access has been arranged to Engineering Village which offers the Inspec, Inspec Analytics and Compendex databases. These are potentially useful information sources in Engineering and related disciplines, including some areas of Computer Science. Some resources are available to help interested users. Anyone who finds this useful may give feedback online, or by contacting the librarian. The trial will run until 11 June 2021.

All users of British Standards Online should note that from February 2021 a browser plug-in will be required to view documents from British Standards Online. Please see these instructions to find out how to install this.

An induction page has been created to help new students better understand the library system within Cambridge.