Institute of Astronomy

Library News

Library systems upgrade

Published on 19/08/2013 

This week (w.c. 19 August) the Library Voyager software will be upgraded.  Our Newton catalogue will not be availabe for some days, but our books can be found on LibrarySearch

Sorry for the incovenience.

Trial access to IOS journals

Published on 13/08/2013 

There is no specifically astronomical journal, but IOS Press publishes more than 100 international journals each year on subjects ranging from computer sciences and mathematics to medicine and the natural sciences. IOS have granted the University of Cambridge a free trial of their entire journal portfolio until November 2013. For access please follow the link below:

Access IOS Press

New books for August

Published on 31/07/2013 

The following new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building library area, for the month of August.

New quests in stellar astrophysics III: a panchromatic view of solar-like stars, with and without planets: proceedings of a conference held, Jalisco, Mexico, March 2012 / edited by Miguel Chavez et al. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2013  ASP CS Vol. 472  ISBN 9781583818282  (B.7.1)

Help! speaker needed

Published on 23/07/2013 

We have a group of teenage visitors from China visiting on Monday 12 August 2013.  Could someone offer a short (30-40 minute) astronomical talk, for them?  If you are interested, please contact Mark Hurn (Departmental Librarian). 

New Books for July

Published on 12/07/2013 

Apologies for the delay in changing the New Books Display this month.  This was caused by a change in our book supplier, but hopefully normal service has now resumed.

The following books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area until the start of August.

Astrophysics at very high energies / Felix Aharonian et al. (editors)  Berlin: Springer, 2013  Saas-Fee Advanced Course 40  ISBN 9783642361333  (68/AHA)

Explore the World in our list of stereographs

Published on 09/07/2013 

You can now step back in time to see the world of the early 1900's in stereo 3D.  We have listed the collection of stereo photographs once owned by IoA Librarian, Dr David W.

Astronomy Thesaurus / keywords

Published on 05/07/2013 

Please find the initial announcement about the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT) at

Additional information on the UAT is also available at:

Who's Who?

Published on 11/06/2013 

Did you know that we have online access to the biographical directory of the good and the great Who's Who?  With biographies of over 30,000 prominent people.  We also have access to the companion volume Who Was Who containing details of over 100,000 historical figures.  Just click here.

New books for June

Published on 28/05/2013 

Please find a list of new astronomy books for the Library.  These will be on display in the Hoyle building library area (upstairs) for the month of June.  There is a clipboard beneath the display where you can reserve books.

I CosmoSul: Cosmology and gravitation in the Southern Cone: Rio de Janeiro, August 2011 / edited by Jailson Alcaniz et al.  New York: American Institute of Physics, 2012  AIP Conference Proceedings 1471  ISBN 9780735410787  (136/ALC)

Aurora Borealis seen from Cambridge

Published on 17/05/2013 

Pictures from a book showing the aurora seen from Cambridge in 1846 and 1847 are now accessible on the DSpace digital repository.  There are 12 plates in total, and most are in colour, they show dramatic scenes of a phenomena rarely seen at these latitudes.

The book was recently donated to the IoA Library and is of particular interest, as some of the observations are made from the Cambridge Observatory and one of the authors worked here as an assistant.

The full title of the book is: