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Who are we?

The ebooks@cambridge service is based in the University Library where it is administered by a team of 1.5 staff: Jayne Kelly (ebooks Administrator) and Lindsay Jones (part-time ebooks Assistant).

The service is supported by the ebooks@cambridge Advisory Group. This meets at least once a term and is made up of librarians representing all contributing stakeholders.

How are we funded?

We are collaboratively funded by almost all Colleges, major Faculties and Departments and the University Library. This money pays for ebooks which are acquired to support teaching and learning across all subjects, prioritising reading list titles for Tripos studies.

Who else buys ebooks in the University?

The ebooks@cambridge Service co-ordinates the purchasing of ebooks in the cases where Faculties and Departmental libraries have chosen to integrate ebook purchasing into their own acquisitions workflows. These libraries let the ebooks@cambridge team know which titles they are buying, so that the ebooks team can promote them and keep an eye on the bigger picture of ebook purchasing across the University, and so that the relevant MARC records can be loaded into Alma.

Alongside this activity, the UL's English Collections team purchases ebooks for research purposes in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The ebooks are acquired via various purchase models: individually; in subject or yearly collections; and through evidence-based and demand-driven schemes with suppliers and publishers.