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Department of Sociology


The Cambridge Libraries have developed zero-contact services to enable students safe access to the texts they need for their studies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sociology Library Collections

The Seeley Library holds a dedicated collection of Sociology texts for Undergraduate and MPhil courses, as well as for PhD research. The Seeley is open both for study and for "click and collect" services.

Undergraduate students can also find digital versions of a large number of course readings on the Sociology Readings Moodle site, provided by the SPS Library.


Students can use iDiscover to find academic articles and readings online. Visit the Libguides website to learn more about on how to use iDiscover (including advanced searching techniques), using your library account and requesting and renewing books from libraries across the university.

Click & Collect

The ‘Click and Collect’ service enables current students and staff to order physical books and journals online and then collect them from a designated point at the Cambridge University Library. Entrance and exit is carefully managed through an appointment system and a one in/one out approach. The borrowing limit is 5 University Library items per person at any one time.  

For further information on the click and collect service please see the Click and Collect FAQs.

Scan & Deliver

The ‘Scan and Deliver’ service allows current students and staff to request an scanned copy of one chapter (or 5%) of a book, or one article per issue of a journal from the University Library's modern collections, subject to relevant conservation approval and copyright permissions.  A maximum of five requests per person per day can be made.

For further information on the click and collect service please see the Scan and Deliver FAQs.

University Library

The University Library (UL) is currently open for zero contact services, and limited in-person study spaces. Further information about using the library for study is available on their website, along with an FAQs section on their reopening plan.