Monday, 12 March 2012

End of Lent Term 2012 information

Lent Term 2012 ends on Friday 16th March. All books on loan from the Balfour Library must be returned by this date, or can be renewed for further periods unless they have been requested by another reader. Saturday morning opening has now finished until next term.

Vacation borrowing for undergraduates

This is permitted for the whole of the Easter vacation.

This means that you will be able to take a maximum of two books away from Cambridge which must be returned by midnight on the first day of the Easter Term (24
th April 2012). This applies to Overnight Loan books and Open Shelf books. 

You can borrow books for the vacation period from 8:45am on Friday 16th March. This is on a strictly first-come, first served basis. You may not reserve books before borrowing them.

Please see the library website at: for more information on how to borrow, return and renew books on loan from the Balfour Library.

You may be interested to know that the University Library and the Central Science Library (on this site) also offer vacation borrowing for undergraduates. See the UL website for more details at:

How to access online resources when you are away from Cambridge

The recommended route for accessing ejournals provided by the University remotely is as follows:
  • Go to the ejournals@cambridge website at:
  • Enter the title of the journal you need (if it does not appear then there is no online subscription to it)
  • Click on the 'find journals by title' button
  • Click on the link for the journal title as appropriate for the particular year of publication of the article that you need
  • The Raven login box should appear
  • Enter your Raven userid and password and click on the 'Submit' button
  • You should then be taken to the host page for that journal and you can find the article(s) you need from there
  • (You only need to enter the Raven login once per session so you won't have to keep logging in and out each time you need a different journal)
Away from Cambridge, you will not be able to get the full text of ejournal articles through searching PubMed or Google / GoogleScholar, or directly from the journal's homepage for example, as you will not be recognised as being a valid member of the University of Cambridge and will not be allowed to download them. The recommended route as above should guarantee you the access to the content you are entitled to.

It is strongly recommended that you check the ejournals@cambridge website as above to see whether you will actually be able to access particular online journals remotely BEFORE you leave Cambridge. See also the eresources@cambridge website at: for access to particular databases, such as Scopus and Web of Knowledge. See the 'Access Route' link next to the journal or database title to check this. Some online journals are not accessible outside of the University network so you may wish to download or print off articles from these before you leave Cambridge.

Raven passwords

If you do not currently have a Raven password and think you may need one to access the Web of Knowledge or Scopus databases (to search scientific literature) or online journals and databases when you are away from Cambridge, you should apply for one following the instructions given on the University Computing Service 'How do I get a Raven password?' website at: This page will also help you if you have lost your Raven password.

Troubleshooting ejournals access

Finally, if you are having trouble accessing ejournals and eresources remotely using your Raven password please see the guidance provided on the Central Science Library's 'Raven FAQs' website at:

Easter period closing dates

The Balfour Library will close for Easter at 5:00pm on Thursday 5th April and will re-open at 8:30am on Tuesday 10th April. The library will be open as usual throughout the Easter Vacation however, see our opening hours at

We wish you a very Happy Easter!

Clair and Jane