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Updates from the Jerwood Library Trinity Hall

Welcome to the Jerwood Library! — 03/10/2017

Welcome to the Jerwood Library!

Welcome to all the Trinity Hall Freshers and new Graduate Students! We look forward to meeting you this week for your Library Induction Tour.

This blog post provides key information about the Jerwood Library to help make sure that you can find the books and resources that you need, borrow them and understand how the library functions.


When is the Jerwood Library open and who can help me?

The Jerwood Library is open 24/7 to all current students and Fellows of the College.

The Library is staffed Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

The Librarian is Dominique Ruhlmann. Dominique runs the College Library and reports to the Fellow Archivist and Librarian Dr William O’Reilly. Sophie Connor is the Deputy Librarian.


Director of Library Services

Dominique Ruhlmann
t: +44 1223 332546

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Deputy Librarian

Sophie Connor
t: +44 1223 764464


Please always feel free to come and talk to us at any time. We are here to help! We are located in the Library Office on the Ground Floor and on the Lower Ground Floor (basement). If we are not in the Office you can probably find us somewhere in the book shelves! Or you can email us at:

The Jerwood Library also has a graduate team of Library Support Staff. During Full Term Library Support Staff are usually available Monday to Friday, 5pm – 8pm and Saturday & Sunday, 2pm – 8pm.

How do I search for a book in the Jerwood Library?

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You can search for books in the Jerwood Library using the online catalogue called iDiscover. iDiscover combines the wealth of print and electronic resources available within the University in one search interface. It provides simple searching for reading list items whilst also offering advanced capabilities for researchers. You can also limit your search to the Jerwood Library if you are only interested in finding books in the College library. To access iDiscover go to:

There is a terminal for searching the online catalogue, iDiscover, in the Library’s entrance hall. You can also consult the catalogue from your mobile phone, laptop or the pwf computers in the Computer Room.

For more information about how to search the iDiscover catalogue you can download a PDF document here:PDF

How do I find a book in the Jerwood Library?

The catalogue iDiscover will list a classmark for the book that you are looking for.


Most of the Jerwood Library’s book stock is classified using Dewey numbers:-

The first element is a decimal number, followed by the first three letters of the author’s and editor’s name, e.g. 888.5 ARI/MCL.

The list below provides details of the Dewey classmark number, the subject and where the books are located in the Jerwood Library. Please ask the Library staff for help if you have any difficulty finding a book.

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How do I borrow a book?

All new borrowers must complete a registration form, available from the Library Office, so that your account can be activated.

All books and DVDs must be checked out using the self-issue unit (SIU) in the Library’s entrance hall.

  1. Place your University Card under the red laser beam.
  2. Place the book(s) on the scan bed to register your loan(s).

Undergraduates, current graduate students and Fellows of the College may borrow up to 10 books and 4 DVDs.

Loan period during Full Term

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Vacation Loans

Undergraduates and current graduate students may borrow up to 10 books and 4 DVDs for the whole vacation.


You will usually get an email reminder before your books are due for return. However, please stay aware of the due dates of your loans. Returned books should be placed in the drop-box in the entrance hall. They will then be cancelled from your account and re-shelved by the Library staff.



Books may be renewed in the following ways (even if they are overdue!):

  • Either check them out again using the SIU.
  • Or renew them online via ‘My Library Account’ on iDiscover.
  • Or reply to the automatic email reminder and ask us to renew them for you.

Overdue loans

To make sure that books are returned on time so that other readers have fair access to them, charges are levied on all overdue loans and overdue recalled items. The charge for overdue items is 25p per book per day and 50p per DVD per day. The charge for overdue recalled items is 50p per book per day and £1.00 per DVD per day.

Grace period

If you return your loans during the first day after they become overdue, your overdue charge is waived – this is the grace period. However, if you return your books after the first overdue day, then the grace period becomes null and void and the full charge is levied.

How do I recommend a book?

To recommend a book you can either complete the online book recommendation form at:

or fill out one of the paper forms next to the self-issue unit in the Library entrance hall. Once your request has been approved, we will order the book for you. We will notify you by email as soon as the book is ready for you to borrow.

What other resources are available to me in the Jerwood Library?

Welfare Collection

Studying at Cambridge is high-pressured and can be stressful. We have a fantastic Welfare Collection to help you during your time here. All the books in the Welfare Collection can be borrowed anonymously and you can keep the books for as long as you need them. You can find the Welfare Collection on the Lower Ground Floor.


DVD Collection

The Library has DVDs on European and world cinema, Shakespeare and English literature, music and opera, and some great entertainment DVDs. They are shelved at class-marks M.IV-M.IX, located on the Second Floor. To borrow a DVD, please bring the case to the Library Office.

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Where can I find out more?

A copy of the full Library Guide is available here:

Jerwood Library Guide 2017

You can also find information on the Library webpages here:

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End of Term and Summer Arrangements — 14/06/2017

End of Term and Summer Arrangements

It is almost the end of Easter term and we have some important updates from the Jerwood Library!

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End of term book recall

All books and DVDs on term-time loan from the Jerwood Library are due back tomorrow on Thursday 15th of June and cannot be renewed. If you want to keep the books for the Long Vacation please bring them to the Jerwood Library and Dominique or Sophie can reissue the books to you for the summer. However, students who are graduating on the 29th of June may not borrow books after the end of term.

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Vacation loans

Vacation loans have now started! You may borrow up to 10 books and 4 DVDs for the Long Vacation. All books and DVDs on vacation loan will be due back on the 5th of October, which is the first Thursday of Michaelmas term.

Library overdue charges

Jerwood Library overdue books will accrue charges of 50p per day per book. If you have accrued any Library overdue charges during the Easter term then they will be added to your College bill. You can check your outstanding charges by logging into your Library account on iDiscover, using the barcode number on the back of your University card (starting with ‘V…’).

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Missing books

If you find that you have books from the Library that are not on loan to your account, please return them to the Jerwood Library book drop box. We are missing a large number of books and would much rather buy new books for the Jerwood Library rather than have to waste money replacing ‘lost’ items.

Vacation opening times

The Jerwood Library will remain open 24/7 during the Long Vacation with university card access. The library staff will work from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and we are happy to assist if you need any help.

Important summer arrangements

Summer books

Library staff will commence clearing and sorting the Jerwood Library on Monday 19th of June 2017. If you have completed your revision please make sure you have collected all of your personal belongings from the Jerwood Library before this time. Any items left in the Library will be placed in the lost property box by the main door. Any books that remain in the Jerwood from other Cambridge Libraries will be collected and placed on the tables on the Lower Ground Floor.

If you wish to continue working in the Jerwood Library beyond the end of term, please use the Library Reservation Slips on any books being used and clearly label your belongings with your name and the current date.

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The book stock in the Jerwood Library will be reorganised during the Long Vacation. The library staff apologise in advance for any noise and disruption during this period. We will notify you of any further disruption during the summer vacation via posters and emails.

Finally, many Congratulations to everyone who has finished their exams and successfully completed another academic year at Trinity Hall. We wish all of our graduating students the very best of luck for the future and we hope that you all have a great summer.

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Easter Term Updates — 26/04/2017

Easter Term Updates

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a good break and that you are ready and raring to go!

As we prepare for a busy term ahead we have introduced a couple of changes to make the Jerwood Library a more comfortable and pleasant environment for you to study and revise in.


Hot desks 2017

In Easter term it is more important than ever that everyone has a chance to use the library when they need to and we want to take the stress out of this as much as possible. As such colonising or unfairly reserving places in the library when you are not there is not ok.

The HOT DESKS policy is a way to help keep desks available for everyone. It means that every weekday morning all items that have been left on desks will be cleared, including: papers, books (even Jerwood books) and laptops.

Each floor has a designated place where we carefully pile these items, these spots have signs saying ‘Papers and Books’ and/or ‘Bags’.

We will unplug laptops to move them.  You can still reserve Jerwood books in the library using the Reservation Slip, but the books will be moved over to the allocated spot.

While we do not encourage it, if you really need to keep items temporarily in the library you should place them in these spots, however we do ask that you clear the desks if you are out for anything more than a short break.

We know that the HOT DESKS policy can sometimes be frustrating, but it does work and we do get positive feedback that it helps to keep stress down.


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In the Jerwood Library noise travels easily and everyone can hear you talk. Please be considerate to other students who are studying and don’t chat in the Jerwood Library. If you wish to have a conversation then please leave the Library building so that those who are studying are not disturbed.


Vacation loan books are due back on Thursday 27th April; however books can now be renewed for the Easter term.

The normal two week term time loan period is now back in place for new loans.

If you have reached the renewal limit please bring the books to Dominique or Sophie and we can discharge and reissue the items to you for the Easter term.



To encourage breaks and hydration this term the Library will be offering Juice and Biscuits out on the terrace at 3:00-3:45pm every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on Tuesday 2nd May.



We have been ordering lots of new books on study skills to help you with essay writing and exam revision. Some of these books can be found on the new books display in the Entrance Hall and more books can be found in our study skills section on the Mezzanine Floor, classmark 371.

You can see other new additions to the Jerwood Library on our LibraryThing New Books page here:


To help you to manage stress during exam term we have added some new books to our Welfare Collection on the Lower Ground Floor. You can now also browse the Welfare Collection online on our LibraryThing Welfare page here:


It is important to take regular breaks when you are studying so why not de-stress and colour in? We have an exciting selection of A4 pages available on each floor of the Jerwood Library that you can help yourself to.