The Cambridge University Libraries are All Open Online! Get Free Access to Reference, Journals, and Databases in UK

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Last updated: 05 June 2020, 12:04 GMT

Here is how we will help you to keep studying and researching. In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Cambridge University Libraries closed to library users at 5 pm on 18 March 2020.

While students and staff are unable to visit Cambridge University Libraries in person at the moment, many of services to students and staff are available online wherever you are with your mobile device, University Raven password and internet connection. We have put in place a temporary collection development policy to direct purchases to support teaching and learning during the pandemic.

Help with remote access to electronic resources

For subject-specific advice, you can also access the resources and support available from your Faculty and Departmental Library website. The teams are still working, just not in their usual library home.

Virtual Helpdesks are in place for your subject and information inquiries from our expert teams working from home. Please follow the links on the FAQs above to channel your inquiry to the right team. All general inquiries can be addressed to

All of our electronic resources, including ebooks, journals, and databases, are available from any location worldwide, with the exception of titles received through electronic legal deposit, for current students and staff of the University of Cambridge. 

Log in with your Raven ID and password when prompted.  This may be referred to as an Institutional Login. VPN access will also allow you to continue accessing our electronic resources. For instructions on setting up a VPN

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Journals and databases

Over 120,000 ejournal titles and 400 databases are available off-campus. More information on how to discover and search them can be found at You can also find free open access research outputs on the institutional research repositories round the world. These should appear in a Google search, but you can also search Cambridge’s institutional repository, Apollo, here:

A list of additional e-resources made freely available during the outbreak through the generosity of publishers can be accessed through this page.


The University has access to 800,000 ebooks off-campus from a wide variety of publishers and most are available through links in the iDiscover catalogue. More information can be found at

We are acquiring more ebooks daily, particularly to support students. If you need a book and it is not yet available electronically we can help obtaining it as an ebook if it is available from the publisher.

To recommend an ebook for acquisition please see this page:

We are delighted to say that Cambridge University Press has responded to the emergency by making all 700 titles in its textbook collection available in HTML format free of charge on its Cambridge Core platform.

Further publishers are responding by making selected textbooks available or removing limits on usage of existing eBooks. A list of additional e-resources, including eBooks, made freely available during the outbreak through the generosity of publishers can be accessed through this page.