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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


(Last updated on 18th November, 2020)



1. CamGuides - information and digital essentials

2. Visiting the Library

3. Finding reading list items

4. Scan & Deliver

5. Using other Cambridge Libraries 

6. Recall

7. Blocks

8. Wi-Fi Access

9. Printing, photocopying, scanning

10. Moodle


1. CamGuides – information and digital essentials

Developed by the Cambridge libraries team, CamGuides is intended primarily for students starting a degree.  It is designed to assist you in preparing for your studies.  You find guidance on academic or information skills that you may be required to gain.

2. Visiting the Library .


If you are a FAMES undergraduate, you are already registered with us at the time of your arrival at the University.  If you are an undergraduate from the other Faculties or Deparments, you may need to register with us. 

Borrowing, browsing and returning item:

You are urged to borrow or return items only if you are allowed in the building.   When you borrow or return items, you are strongly adivised to use the self-issue machine near the issue desk.  In so doing, you need your University Card.  You may also return borrowed items to one of the return two boxes on the Sidgwick Site - one is in front of the English Faculty and the other, outside the Laday Mitchell Hall. 

Undergraduate borrowing allowance is five items, including CDs and DVDs.  There are two types of loan: ordinary loan (7-day) and overnight loan (1-day loan).  No overnight loans are renewable.  They should be returned to the Library by the following day, or on Monday if borrowed on a Friday.  Ordinary loans will all be auto-renewed at regular intervals.  They are subject to a recall.

Studying in the Library:

If you wish to study in the Library,  you need to book a seat via the Cambridge Libraries Calendar page.  Each slot only lasts for one hour.  If you wish to stay longer, you may need to book two consecutive slopts or more.

3. Finding reading list items

iDiscover – online catalogue -

iDiscover – the main online catalogue for the Cambridge libraries – is where you can search print and online resources, including ebooks and ejournal articles.  To access these online resources, you may need to log in to your account with your Raven password.  You can also manage your loans, requests, and fines.

The University Library (the UL) provides useful videos on how to use iDiscover:

Getting most out of iDiscover

How to find and use ebooks at Cambridge

We can and do purchase electronic versions of core reading books as long as they are available. You would be welcome to request extra copies of books on reading lists. If we find a particular book in demand, we shall buy extra copies or an electronic version.


4. Scan & Deliver

Scan & Deliver is a new zero-contact service available to all undergraduates, including those from the other Faculties or Departments.  For further details, go to the Scan & Deliver request form page.


5. Using other Cambridge libraries

You may borrow books from the UL.  You are already registered with the UL at the time of your arrival at the University.  You may also borrow items from the other faculty or departmental libraries.  For further details of each library, go to the Cambridge Libraries directory.


6. Recall

Recall is the way of requesting items already on loan to other users.  You may be hesitant to place a recall request, but you are encouraged to make full use of the recall system if you wish to access the essential readings for your courses.

To place a recall request, you may need to log in to your account on iDiscover: search for an item you require; click on the item, then you will see the Request button; click on the button to complete the request.  You may not request any items available on the shelf or already on loan to you.

If you place a recall request for an item, the current borrower will be asked to return it within 3 days.  Once it has been returned, it will be reserved for you for 2 days.  Please be aware that anyone failing to return their recalled items on or before the specified date will be fined. 

You may recall ordinary loans borrowed from the UL, or faculty or departmental libraries.


7. Blocks

If you have 2 or more overdue recalled items, your account will be blocked from borrowing at any library until the recalled items are returned.


8. Wi-Fi Access

There are two wireless Internet networks available in the Library: UniOfCam and Eduroam.  You do not need to set up UniOfCam, but you will need to log in with Raven each time you connect.  If you connect using Eduroam, you will only need to enter your password once and you will stay connected to Eduroam around Cambridge.  On how to set up Eduroam, go to the University Information Services website.

If you do not have a Wi-Fi-enabled device, you can use a computer in the IT room.  All the computers there have access to the Internet.


9. Printing, Photocopying, Scanning

Photocopying, printing and scanning are available from the multi-function machine in the IT room.  The machine prints and photocopies in black & white or colour and single or double-sided (default setting) on A4 or A3 paper.  Scanned materials are sent to your Cambridge email address.  You may pay via the cashless payment system Common Balance.  You can use your balance to print from other printers across the whole University. To replenish your account, go to the My DS-Print page (Raven login / debit or credit card required).

There are three devices through which you can send print jobs to the machine: a computer in the IT room; your own computer; or your USB memory stick.

To use your own computer, you may need to set up both Eduroam and a connection to the machine before printing for the first time.  For further details, go to:

If you use your USB memory stick, insert it into the USB port on the right-hand side of the machine, and then follow the instructions on the menu screen.

10. Moodle

Moodle is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – an online platform for learning and teaching.  The Library has its own two sites on Moodle: ‘Online Resources’ and ‘General Information’.

‘Online Resources’, where we can and do upload scanned book chapters and journal articles for our undergraduate student at their request.  ‘General Information’, where you find past exam papers (from 2008 onwards).


Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have.  We are more than happy to offer you an one-to-one training session via the zero-contact means of your choice.