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In light of the government announcement on 4th January 2021 of a national lockdown in England, the Polar Library is now closed. A librarian will have limited access to the collections and library staff will continue to work from home. Many Polar Library resources are available online and we will continue to answer remote research enquiries as best we can. The Polar Library continues to participate in the University Library's Scan and Deliver service and zero-contact borrowing is still possible for members of the Institute.

The Library of the Scott Polar Research Institute supports the current multidisciplinary research of the Institute and is open to anyone wishing to know more about the polar regions.

Sited within the Geography department of the University of Cambridge, SPRI Library is a resource of national and international importance consulted by governments, industry, scientists and scholars.

Accessing online resources remotely

Handy information for accessing eresources remotely.

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Library catalogue

Search our library catalogue to find literature relating to the Arctic, Antarctic, and snow and ice. It includes detailed records for many individual articles and book chapters, as well as titles of books and journals.

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Polar Studies LibGuide

The Polar Studies LibGuide gives an overview of SPRI collections, a curated set of online resources and information for supporting polar research.

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Using the library

Details of facilities available in the library, including our catalogue, usage of library material, wifi access, copying facilities and a location guide.

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Our collections

A collection of over 54,000 monographs, published in a wide range of languages with special collections covering the history of polar exploration. 80 current print journal subscriptions augment University e-resources.

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Induction video

Watch the Polar Library induction tour video for an introduction to Polar Library staff, space and collections.


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