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Biological Sciences Libraries

Need a book from the library?


➤ Borrowing

The library operates a self-serve system when borrowing book.

All current University of Cambridge staff and students can borrow up to 10 books from the Hub.

To borrow material please use the self-service borrowing machine located outside of the North Room on the second floor.

  • 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

Loan periods and book allowances:

Veterinary Staff, Graduates & Students 6 Books for 28 days


If "recall email" return within 3 Days



➤ Returning books

An external drop-box can be found outside of the Hub where you can return books at any time.
An internal drop-box can be found next to the self-service machine, outside the North Room on the second floor.


➤ 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 "West Hub" on IDiscover to retrieve physical resources available in veterinary library. If a general location is need do not select West Hub.

  • 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.


➤ 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.


Scan & Deliver

Scan and Deliver allows current staff and students to request an individual scanned copy of one chapter (or 5%) of a monograph or one article per issue of a journal from collections held by Cambridge University Libraries, subject to relevant  conservation approval and copyright permissions.  For more information

➤ 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.





Veterinary Library at the West Hub

Opening hours

The West Hub is open from 08.00 until 21.00 Monday to Friday.

Workspaces are available throughout the day on a first come first served basis.

The Library team are onsite from 09.00 until 17.00 with the North Room available from building open to close.

Veterinary Librarian's Hours of work: 

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 - 3:30pm

Physically present in the library Tuesdays

Working from home Thursday

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For further information:

Email: Lorraine Leonard, Librarian