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Zero contact services

Zero contact services

The Geography Library has set up a number of services that will help you access our physical collections remotely, or with minimal contact with library staff, where they are not available in electronic format. We are also providing online access to select recent student dissertations, which is a service we hope to expand into the future.

Click & Collect

Click & Collect is a free service through which anyone based in the Department of Geography can request books to be retrieved from the Geography Library's collections, which will then be made available to collect from a designated collection point just outside the library's entrance.

Students and staff from other faculties and departments will need to contact us ( to inquire about book loans, as the Department of Geography building is not currently accessible to anyone in the wider university.

Book returns

Book returns are now available. Please return your library books to the drop-off box just outside the library entrance and we will ensure that your books are returned off your account shortly after.

If you do not have access to the Geography building, you can return back small books using the letterbox located to the left of the double glass doors (with 'Department of Geography' written above them). Otherwise please call the library so that a member of staff can come down to collect the book(s).

Scan & Deliver

Scan & Deliver enables you to order scans of book chapters and journal articles which are held by Cambridge University Libraries and which are not currently available in electronic format. Requests are subject to relevant conservation approval and copyright permissions. Scans are sent direct to your mail inbox.

Electronic dissertations

A selection of dissertations from recent graduates will be available for reading access online. This service will launch before the end of Michaelmas Term 2020.

Click here for further information on this service.

Service hours

Library staff will administer these services during the following times:

Michaelmas Term 2020

10:00-16:00, Monday to Friday.