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Finding Resources

iDiscover contains most of the library collections at the University of Cambridge. Within the search box you will see three ways of searching iDiscover. Simply select one of the options at the top of the search box:

  • Cambridge Libraries Collections: books (printed and electronic), other physical library content and Apollo, the Cambridge institutional repository.
  • Articles and online resources: Articles online (both in peer-reviewed journals and from other sources), databases, electronic journals and other online content.
  • Everything: All of the resources covered by the Cambridge Libraries Collections and Articles and online resources searches.

Note the drop down arrow at the right of the search box where you can filter by individual library or narrow down to ebooks only.

Quick guides to using iDiscover can be found here

Recommending a book for purchase

  • To suggest a print book for purchase for Robinson Library use the Book Purchase Request form.
  • To recommend ebooks or print books for other Cambridge University Libraries use this Qualtrics form.

Reading Lists

Access your Cambridge reading lists


More information including a list of ebook platforms can be found here


A complete list is available here includes details of new databases added and trials in progress.


Use this for searching many of the archives held in Cambridge. Alternatively, you can search within iDiscover by selecting 'Advance Search' and using the filter Archival Material.

An easy introduction to using ArchiveSearch can be found here

Robinson DVD Collection

These can be found on the upper floor. Please bring the empty case to the library office to obtain the DVD.

Miscellaneous links