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What's in the collection?

Over 800,000 purchased, subscribed or donated ebooks are available to members of the University on more than 60 platforms. The vast majority of these ebooks are discoverable through iDiscover.

Some 14,800 of these ebooks have been purchased individually, either by ebooks@cambridge, faculty and departmental libraries or the University Library. To see a list with URLs, please click here. (Last updated 31st August 2020).

This list excludes the thousands of titles bought by ebooks@cambridge as part of collections, such as ACLS, IOP Science, Routledge Handbooks Online and Very Short Introductions, as well as CUP ebooks made available through a CUP EBA.

Also excluded from the list are ebooks made available through the collections and evidence-based schemes funded by the UL, including  Brill, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Ebook Central, GeoScience World, Oxford Handbooks Online and Springer.

Title lists are available for some of these schemes:

Ebook Central (UL DDA). Updated 31st August 2020. This spreadsheet shows all titles triggered for purchase since the rollover from ebrary in mid January 2017.
De Gruyter (UL EBA). Updated 31st January 2020. Selections made from the De Gruyter EBA up to end 2018.
Taylor & Francis (UL). Last updated 30th September 2019. (From October 2019, all UL and ebooks@cambridge Taylor & Francis purchases are included in the All titles list). Purchases made by the UL from selections recommended by librarians at Affiliated Libraries.


Collection and purchasing policies

Our collection covers all Tripos subjects. The ebooks are all either purchased outright or subscribed to for an annual fee and are from various different suppliers. They have been selected from recommendations from librarians, students and academics, or drawn from reading lists or most borrowed books lists. The following policies guide ebook collection development:

Cambridge University Libraries policy on the purchase of accessible ebooks (PDF). Last updated September 2020.