Institute of Astronomy

Library News

Build up your research skills

Published on 11/01/2021 


Cambridge University Libraries are excited to present an expanded programme of webinars on research skills to support PhD students and other researchers in Lent term.

The webinars we ran last term were a hit, places sold out and attendees told us they enjoyed the sessions. This term, we are able to launch a program with over twice as many webinars, delivered by a large team of expert librarians. Many of us will be working from home for a while longer, so what better opportunity to boost your skills right from your kitchen table or sofa?


Published on 05/01/2021 

We have made the difficult decision to not to re-open the Library Office this term.

This is partly due to the Covid crisis and partly for staff personal reasons.

However, we will continue to provide as much of a library/information service as we can remotely.

If you have any questions, or need assistance using the Library, please contact us.

Mark Hurn (Information Manager)

Telephone 01223 337537

Email: ioalib AT

Christmas and New Year Closure & 2021

Published on 30/11/2020 

The Library Office continues to be open on Thursday afternoon from 12.30 to 16.30 hrs.

However, we will be closed on Thursday 24th December 2020 and Thursday 31st December 2020 for the Christmas/New Year break.  We wish all our users and friends a happy and peaceful holiday.

In 2021, depending on the Covid-19 situation, we hope to continue with Thursday afternoon opening, starting on Thursday 7th January 2021.

If you have any questions, or need assistance using the Library, please contact us.

Mark Hurn (Information Manager)

Revised list of key E-Books

Published on 21/10/2020 

This is a list of key books in astronomy currently available as e-books.  It is not a comprehensive listing of all the e-books available.  All these should be available to current students and staff accessing through University of Cambridge computers, or remotely through a VPN.  You may need to use your Raven login.

We hope to expand on this collection, and suggestions are welcome (contact

Library Office Re-opening (revised)

Published on 01/10/2020 

We are pleased to announce that the Library Office is now open on Thursday afternoons from 12.30 to 16.30 hrs every week.

We would like you to use the Library as normal, but be aware that:

Covid-19 can survive on books for up to 8 days*

Hand washing or sanitizing is an effective measure against Covid-19

Please take the following precautions when using the Library:

• Hand wash or sanitize BEFORE and AFTER handling books or journals in the Library.

Build up your research skills

Published on 11/09/2020 

Cambridge University Library invites you to a series of webinars designed to develop your research skills in managing and disseminating information.

Managing qualitative data (in collaboration with Cambridge Data Champions)
7 October, 13:00-14:00

Writing for publication
21 October, 13:00-14:00

Access to University Library Special Collections and the phased reopening of the UL building

Published on 05/08/2020 

It is now possible for University of Cambridge staff and students to access some Special Collections and non-borrowable material at the UL through three new services.

British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS)

Published on 31/07/2020 

The British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS): Collections on the advancement of science 1830-1970 are now available to for members of the University of Cambridge to access.

Scan and deliver!

Published on 06/07/2020 

We are delighted to let you know that the University Library’s Scan & Deliver service is now available. Scan & Deliver allows you to request up to five scans per 24 hour period of University Library books or journals, using an online form:

Returning your books

Published on 01/07/2020 

Borrowers of books from the IoA Library are recommended to hold onto them until our building is reopened. However, if you are leaving Cambridge, moving, or for some other reason need to return our books, you can make use of the services of other Cambridge libraries.