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Then: The Computer Laboratory library before its closure.

The Department's library was started soon after the Laboratory's foundation in 1937, and, by the time of its closure in 2109, the collection included material from the earliest computers up to the present day. It included 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.

Following closure of the library in the Summer of 2019 due to a shortage of space in the department, a library service for current staff and students is being provided by the Technology Libraries Team. Ultimately the collection will be made available from the Shared Facilities Hub which is currently under construction. At present we are in an interim period, and a many of the library's books are available to be borrowed 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 Techology Libraries Team. Alternatively the librarian, Nicholas Cutler will be pleased to help.

We thank you for for support of the library over the previous years and look forward to continuing to provide a library service to computer scientists.

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Recent news

The new version of the M.Phil. reading list for the academic year 2021-22 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 2021-22 is now available. A copy in PDF format is available. All recommended texts are available in the ‘booklocker’ and may be found by searching the catalogue. Please contact the librarian for more information.

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.