Institute of Astronomy

Library News

New Books on display for September

Published on 31/08/2011 

The following new books will be on display in the Hoyle Library Area for the month of September.  If you would like to borrow any of them, please put your details on the clipboard underneath the display - the book will then be supplied to you at the end of the month.

IoA Publications Database update

Published on 19/08/2011 

The IoA Publications Database has just been updated to June 2011.

Facebook group for Library

Published on 17/08/2011 

We have today created a new group on Facebook the 'Institute of Astronomy Library Appreciation Group' we aim to increase awareness of the work of the Library and increase appreciation of its collections.  Anyone with an interest in the Library (or astronomy in general) is welcome to join: Institute of Astronomy Library Appreciation Group.

Madras Observatory Papers, 1827

Published on 12/08/2011 

We have just scanned onto DSpace the lovely plates from the Madras Observatory Papers of 1827.  The plates show, studies of astronomers working with a pendulum experiment at the observatory, a map of Madras, and topographic views and charts of where the equator crosses the coast of Sumatra.  The binding of the book is in poor condition and we hope to have it repaired soon.  The plates can be seen at DSpace

Cambridge University Library: New Rules

Published on 10/08/2011 
The following message is sent on behalf of the University Library 
Entrance Hall Team


Changes to University Library borrowing regulations for University Staff

The General Board on the recommendation of the Library Syndicate have
approved a change to the regulations for the use of the University Library
to extend borrowing to all University staff. From 1 August 2011, all staff
employed by the University of Cambridge will now be eligible to borrow ten

New Books for August

Published on 01/08/2011 


The Sun's heartbeat: and other stories from the life of the star that powers our planet / Bob Berman  New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011  ISBN 9780316091015  (70/BER)

New Books for July

Published on 07/07/2011 

These new books are on display in the Hoyle Building library area.  If you want to borrow any of them, there is a clipboard underneath the display where you can request the books you want.  They will then be supplied to you at the start of August.


Open Cambridge - Open Observatory Saturday 10 September 2011

Published on 04/07/2011 


The Library, Observatory building, and historic telescopes will be open to the public as part of the popular Open Cambridge programme.  The Observatory will be open for two hour-long tours on Saturday 10th September 2011 at 2.30 and 3.30pm (booking required).  Find out more at

New books display for June

Published on 01/06/2011 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building library area for the month of June.  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books.


Photos of our library by Rachel Marsh

Published on 12/05/2011 

Rachel Marsh, of Cambridge University Library visited us on the 6th of May and took some excellent photographs which really give a flavour of the IoA Library. Enjoy a slideshow of them here.