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Getting Started

The  Sociology and Land Economy collections are based in the Seeley Library. The original collections can be found on the Mezzanine and new acquisitions join the main collection on the ground floor. Always check iDiscover, some books may be found in more than one location in the library.

Use the library catalogue system iDiscover to search for books, ebooks, journals or ejournals:



iDiscover will also enable you to find journal articles. Please see the iDiscover Libguide for more information.

Need some help getting started? Have a quick look at our introductions:

Getting help when the library is closed

If the guides we have on the website don't cover the issue you're having and you can't wait for the library to open again, then you may want to have a look at the Cambridge LibGuides.

Here you'll find useful guides to all aspects of library life, ranging from renewing a book to evaluating the usefulness of a source.

If you still can't find what you're looking for, please do get in touch and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

We also have some useful video guides on our YouTube channel.

Accessing scanned material on Moodle


We provide a selection of scanned material for Tripos and MPhil papers in Sociology and Land Economy. If you are enrolled on one of these papers you should have access to the SPS Moodle site. If you don't currently have access but think you should, please get in touch with us and we'll try to get you added as soon as possible!

What you'll find on Moodle... Where an item is marked as core on a reading list and has a chapter specified, we'll try to upload a scan of the chapter to Moodle. We try to upload scans of anything that we think you may struggle to obtain, for example, a popular book that's out of print. 

Anything that's available as an eBook or eJournal can't be scanned, but you should always have access via iDiscover.

We are, however, bound by the copyright rules from the Copyright Licencing Agency (CLA); full details can be found on the CLA website.