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All students and staff of the University of Cambridge, the wider polar community, and anybody wishing to know more about the polar regions may book a study space to browse the shelves and consult items from the library collection. Spaces must be reserved online in advance.

All members of the University of Cambridge can request scans of Polar Library material using the Scan and Deliver form.

Many Polar Library resources are available online and we will continue to answer remote research enquiries by email as best we can.

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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