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CUL: Orientation tour


The University Library holds over 9 million physical items and provides access to millions of online resources. In this session an experienced member of UL staff will show you the basics to get you started.

The tour will include:

  • A brief introduction to iDiscover - your main tool for locating resources in the UL and other University of Cambridge Libraries
  • A tour of the physical spaces including the Main Reading Room and Open bookstacks
  • Demonstrations of how to locate the physical items you need and brief explanations of Electronic Legal Deposit and E-Resource access
  • We'll show you where the important things are such as toilets, Tea Room, and comfortable areas to work
  • We'll answer any questions you may have
  • We'll make sure that by the end of the tour you will know where to go to find help
Target audience

Anyone with reader access to the UL. Please note that we run dedicated tours for Undergraduates, although you are welcome to book this tour if you would prefer.


You must hold either a valid University Card or University Library reader's card to take part.

  • Provide a brief overview of the building
  • Demonstrate how to find the resources you need
  • Show you where to go for help



If you have a disability and would benefit from either a one-to-one tour, or a tour on a different date or time, please email and we will be happy to arrange this for you.


45 minutes


Regularly during Term time

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