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Department of Engineering

Library and Information Service

Library and Information Service

Using the Library

Please note that if there are any changes to service levels for Cambridge University Libraries, updates will be posted on the Using the Library website. 

Engineering Library Services

During Lockdown 3, our library continues to support you as you study, teach and research. Access the collections and seek support via our online and zero-contact services. We want to maximise the access you have to the collections and to the specialist support available from our library staff, wherever you are working or studying this term. We also want to keep you and our staff safe, and to ensure that we can keep services running effectively - we are keeping the services and the support we offer under constant review. 

Online services

The Engineering Library team are offering an online information service. You can reach us by email, chat to us on Librarian Live Chat (right), or book a 1:1 supervision or meeting with a member of the team.

The library team will are offering a range of online services, including:

Librarian Live Chat

If you have a question, you can email us or chat with a member of the library team live using our Librarian Live Chat service (left). The live chat is open 11:00am - 3:00pm Monday - Friday

1:1 Supervisions and Meetings

If you would like more in-depth personal support, advice or help, you can book a 1:1 supervision or meeting with a member of the library team, using our Online Booking Form.

Information Skills Training

We offer support and training for Information Skills including Literature Searching, Managing your Data, Copyright, Referencing, Designing Conference Posters and more. You can find self-guided online teaching resources, including videos to watch, information to read and activities to practice key skills, on our Information Skills pages. 

Online Learning

We have created an Online Learning page that aims to support you in your studies online, including Learning in Webinars, Learning from Recordings, Using the Online Library, Time Management, Technology and Wellbeing. 


For information on accessing printed and online resources, see our Resources pages.

Zero-contact Services

Please only use these services if you cannot work from home or in your accommodation. Taught Masters students and PhD students of the department can currently book a study space using our Book a Seat service. Taught Masters students, PhD students and staff of the department can come in to borrow books using our Browse and Borrow service.

If you require access to print resources, please do consider the Scan and Deliver service, or Request a book qualtrics form so we can purchase ebooks for you.

You will not be able to enter the library without booking a slot. 

Please use a face covering at all times when in all areas of the Department premises. This includes the library, as well as cycle racks, entrances, corridors and toilets, unless you have a medical exemption. The face covering needs to cover the mouth and nose.


For information about borrowing, please see the Borrowing LibGuide

In-Person Returns

Please do not make a special journey to return books during the lockdown unless you are leaving Cambridge for an indefinite period of time. 

If you already have access and are coming to the Department you can use the new dropbox in the Department of Engineering Reception or by returning your books through the self-circulation machine in the Library if you have a Book a Seat or Browse and Borrow slot. 

Alternatively, you can also return library items to the Moore Library drop box outside the Moore Library entrance before 17:00 (when the site closes for the day), or to the Medical Library drop box outside the front door of the Clinical School.

Postal book returns

If you are a recent graduate, member of staff or visiting scholar who has now left the University and are unable to return to Cambridge, you can post your returns to the University Library. You can post items from the UL, Faculty and Department libraries and colleges to this address.

Further details of this service can be found in the Returns LibGuide.

Stay Safe Cambridge Uni

Please see the University's Stay Safe Cambridge Uni site for information, resources and support for staying safe around Cambridge. 

For more details on all of our services in 2020/2021, please see our Services page. 

Any questions? Contact us! 

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