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
t: +44 1223 332546
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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: www.idiscover.cam.ac.uk
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.
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.
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.
- Place your University Card under the red laser beam.
- 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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Where can I find out more?
A copy of the full Library Guide is available here:
You can also find information on the Library webpages here: