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Biological Sciences Libraries

Need a book from the library?

We are open to all members of the department - non members by appointment only


➤ Searching - Library Catalogue for Books

When searching for a book or journal please use the Cambridge catalogue iDiscover from a computer terminal.

Visit the IDiscover quick guide for the full functions of the platform. 


For a virtual guide to using iDiscover click on this link


Select "Veterinary" on IDiscover to retrieve physical resources available in our library. If a geberal location is need do not select the Veterinary tab.

  • Take a note of the location and classmark listed on IDiscover
  • If the book is listed as available on IDiscover, it should be available on the library shelves.

The Classification System used is Barnard: a scheme for Veterinary and Medical Libraries.

For an example click the following Barnard Classification link.

Barnard Classification


➤ Searching - Library Catalogue for E-Books


➤ Searching - Library Catalogue for Journals

  • Do not select a specfic library as you would for books
  • In search box type the journal title -search
  • Results will appear with the location and also if its available online

Please note: when searching on iDiscover for an online journal article from a computer within the University domain, upon a successful result if you are asked for a username/password it probably means that the year you are after is not within the range of years covered.

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➤ Working or studying off campus

If you are working/studying off-campus and you need Library resources, please download the Lean Library browser extension and the plugin will recognise you/your Raven as a member of Cambridge and give you access to the resources (some publishers will not recognise LeanLibrary and you will need to log in manually).


Off-campus easy access (if LeanLibrary extension does not give you access).

  • Step 1. Choose the Shibboleth login option.
  • Step 2. Select UK Higher Education as your region or group.
  • Step 3. Select the University of Cambridge from the list.
  • You will then be prompted for your Raven login.

Most staff and students should be able to access e-resources but if you want to make sure, please go to the Test e-resources pageIf you can't access it, please contact us.


➤ Inter-library Loan

One of the options for resources out of print or not covered by our collection policy is to use the Inter-Library Loan. Both the University Library and the Betty & Gordon Moore Library operate an online service that is open to all registered users:

Online interlibrary loan request form

This is being offered as a FREE service. The online form hasn't been updated so please ignore the payment boxes.




➤ Borrowing

The library operates a self-serve system when borrowing book. Instruction for use are situated beside the terminal. Please note that only members of the Department can borrow from the library.

  • Loans are auto-renewed (excepted short loans)
  • Books can be recalled during your borrowing allowance. If so, return within 3 days
  • If you need a book that is listed "on loan", you can request it on the IDiscover platform once you log in and the librarian will let you know when it is available. 
  • You will receive a statement on the second day of every month which shows a snapshot of what items you have on your account

Please note that only members of the Department can borrow from the library.

Loan periods and book allowances:

Veterinary Staff, Graduates & Students 6 Books for 28 days


If "recall email" return within 3 Days

Visitors No borrowing rights    


➤ Returning books

Please return all books to the Veterinary Library returns box situated outside the library office. The Librarian will process all returned books.


Veterinary Library



Searching & Borrowing

Information & Support

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The Library 
Department of Veterinary Medicine Madingley Road 
CB3 0ES 

Telephone      01223 337633
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Opening hours

Department Members - 24 hours access

Non-members - Staffed hours and by request only.

Out of hours arrangements - Contact the librarian


Librarian's Hours of work: 

Monday - Thursday 9:30 - 3:30pm

Physically present in the library Tuesdays & Thursdays

Working from home Mondays & Wednesdays


For further information:

Email: Lorraine Leonard, Librarian


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