Institute of Astronomy

Library News

Main Library Rooms Closed

Published on 03/05/2016 

The main library rooms (A, B & C and Annex Room) will be closed from Monday 4th April due to heating replacement works in the Observatory building.  These rooms may be closed until the end of July and a large part of the library collection will be inaccessible.  However, a library service will continue to operate from the Library Office and the Hoyle Library Area.

 

 

New books for May

Published on 03/05/2016 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during May.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.

The Story of Mrs Beech

Published on 29/04/2016 
Women have been employed at the Cambridge Observatory, as
assistants, or as human computers, since Miss Hardy began as a
Computer in 1876.  We know she resigned (probably to get
married) in August 1881, but that's about all we know about
her.
 
We have very little information about many of these women,

The Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India

Published on 12/04/2016 

BASI are not accepting any articles for publication, due to a planned reorganisation of the Journal. The publication of the journal is suspended, CLICK HERE for more information.

Magazines in Hoyle Building Library Area

Published on 08/04/2016 

You will find a greater variety of current magazines and journals in the Hoyle Building Library Area over the next few months.  This is because of the heating works closing off the main Library Rooms in the Observatory, possibly until the end of July.

You are welcome to browse these magazines, but please do not remove them from the Library area: as they will be required to complete our collections.

New books for April

Published on 01/04/2016 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during April.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.

Morphology, Kinematics and Star Formation Across the Hubble Sequence of Galaxies / Santiago Erroz-Ferrer  Cham: Springer, 2016  Springer Theses  ISBN 9783319263977 (129/ERR)

Library Service: April-July 2016

Published on 18/03/2016 

The main library rooms (A, B & C and Annex Room) will be closed from Monday 4th April due to heating replacement works in the Observatory building.  These rooms may be closed until the end of July and a large part of the library collection will be inaccessible.  However, a library service will continue to operate from the Library Office and the Hoyle Library Area.

Famous astronomy books in exhibition to celebrate 600 years of Cambridge University Library

Published on 15/03/2016 

Some of the most famous books in the history of astronomy are currently on display in the exhibition centre of the University Library.  These include a copy of the 'De Revolutionibus' of Copernicus (1543) and the copy of 'Principia' (1687) that belonged to Isaac Newton himself!  There are several other old astronomical volumes on display, and also some more modern items illustrating the work of Arthur Eddington on gravity, and the discovery of Pulsars in Cambridge.

A Treasure Restored

Published on 02/03/2016 

One of the IoA Library's great treasures has recently returned from J.S. Wilson & Son bookbinders where it had been restored.

The book, Almagestum Novum, was written by the Italian astronomer and Jesuit Giovani Batista Riccioli (who lived 1598-1671).  Riccioli, worked in Parma and in Bologna, as a theologian, astronomer and early physicist, making experiments on pendulums and falling bodies.

New Books for March

Published on 01/03/2016 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during March.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.