AAS-IOP Astronomy ebooks

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) have partnered with IOP Publishing to create an exciting new collection of astronomy and astrophysics ebooks to further the AAS mission: “to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe.”

Launched in 2017, AAS-IOP Astronomy ebooks is the new official book program of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and aims to share in depth the most fascinating areas of astronomy, astrophysics, solar physics and planetary science. The series includes publications in the following topics:

Books in the program range in level from short introductory texts on fast-moving areas, graduate and upper-level undergraduate textbooks, research monographs and practical handbooks.

The titles published in Releases 1 and 2 of the AAS-IOP ebook collections have been purchased in perpetuity by the University Libraries, and are now searchable in iDiscover as well as from the following link;

New titles will be added to the collection as they are published online. A selection of available titles are listed illustrated below, and links to each title can be clicked on from the list below the book cover gallery.

Miyake, Fusa – Extreme Solar Particle Storms

Lique, François – Gas-Phase Chemistry in Space

Levesque, Emily M. – Astrophysics of Red Supergiants

Levan, Andrew – Gamma-Ray Bursts

if you have any questions or comments about this ebooks collection, please do get in contact with the ebooks team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

‘MyCollection’ Maths and Statistics ebooks on SpringerLink

Cambridge University Libraries is pleased to announce that access has been opened up to Springer Mathematics and Statistics 2015-2020 ebook collections on SpringerLink.

There are currently about 2,700 available titles, and further titles will be added as they are published. Monographs, contributed volumes, handbooks and textbooks in Springer designated sub-disciplines such as Partial Differential Equations, Functional Analysis, Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes, Mathematical Physics, Topology, Game Theory, Integral Equations, and Engineering Fluid Dynamics are included in these collections.

Records for these DRM-free titles will be loaded into iDiscover over the next few days, and are accessible for unlimited concurrent users, both on and off campus via a Raven login.

These yearly collections will be available in full until the 31st December 2020 in the first instance, at which point some of the most popular titles will be purchased in perpetuity.

Selective titles in Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture have also been purchased in perpetuity and will be searchable in iDiscover very soon.

A taster of available titles are listed below:

Oxford Handbooks Online – the 2020 updates and 3 new subject collections

The ebooks team are very pleased to announce that the 2020 updates for all the Oxford Handbooks subject collections have been purchased in perpetuity for Cambridge registered users. This purchase adds to the considerable backfile of handbooks already available to the Cambridge community via Oxford Handbooks Online, and adds three more complete subjects to our owned collections;

Complete coverage for all subjects from Foundation up to and including 2020 is now complete, and all subjects are listed below;

  • Archaeology
  • Business and Management – NEW
  • Classical Studies
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice – NEW
  • Economics and Finance
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Neuroscience (Open Access)
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences (2017-2019) – NEW
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology

Monthly updates to the platform ensure that chapters from as yet unfinished handbook titles are available online in advance of print publication. So you receive the most current, and authoritative coverage possible. Please note that bibliographic records will not appear in iDiscover until handbook titles are published fully online.

Oxford Handbooks Online can be accessed on and off campus via Raven.

Selective titles from the new collections…

Click on the links below to access the full text of the books in the gallery above…

Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries

Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility: Psychological and Organizational Perspectives

Oxford Handbook of Prisons and Imprisonment

Oxford Handbook of Generality in Mathematics and the Sciences

Oxford Handbook of Nanoscience and Technology : volume 2

Please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have queries or feedback on this collection.

Project MUSE – opens up temporary access to scholarly content


Project MUSE is supporting participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on their platform. Their aim is to make it easier to access vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, to help support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide. Most of the free access will last until the 30th June, but different publishers have applied different end dates, so please consult the list from the link below for the most current information.

The free content spans both books and journal titles from currently around 80 publishers. A list of these participating publishers is available from the following link:


The book titles are searchable in iDiscover from today, but for journal articles please search on Project MUSE directly.

Major participating publishers include:

African Books Collective (all books until 30th June)

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaisaance Studies (all journals until 30th June)

Cornell University Press (all books until 30th June)

Johns Hopkins University Press (all books & journals until 31 May)

MIT Press (all books until 30th June)

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (all journals until 30th June)

Princeton University Press (selected books until 30th June)

Russell Sage Foundation (all books until 30th June)

University of Illinois Press (selected journals until 30th June)

University of Missouri Press (all books until 30th June)

University of Ottawa Press (all books until 30th June)

University of Virginia Press (all books & journals until 30th June)

Utah State University Press (all books until 30th June)

VitalSource Helps – temporary etextbook content for students

VitalSource is an education technology solutions provider committed to helping education partners create, deliver, and distribute affordable, accessible, and impactful learning experiences worldwide. To assist students during the COVID-19 lockdown the publishers listed below are offering free access to ebooks across all subjects, on the VitalSource platform until the 30th of June 2020. It’s important to note that there is a limit of 7 ebook title downloads per user, so choose your titles carefully.

American Psychological AssociationMcGraw Hill
Bloomsbury AcademicKogan Page
Bristol University PressPearson
CengageSpringer Nature
Edward ElgarTaylor and Francis
Macmillan International Higher Ed.WW Norton
Publishers offering temporary free ebook access

To sign up for an account on VitalSource Helps, click on the link below and register for an account, using your university @cam email address.


You will need to verify your email address by clicking the “confirm your email” link in the automatic email that VitalSource will send you. Once you are logged in you can “Explore”; search for book titles in the search bar, browse which titles are most popular or have been most recently added to the platform. The platform will present “top picks” based on your previous title searches.

Once you have selected a title you are interested to read, click on the cover to “borrow” it until the 30th June. The title is then added to your library for you to read online. There are various functionalities included in the online reader to help you navigate the content, search within the books, make notes or highlights, print, share, cite, a read aloud feature, and the ability to create flashcards to help with revision.

General guidance and answers to frequently asked questions on using books on VitalSource can be found from this link.

JSTOR ebooks – temporary access during COVID-19

A special collection of 35,000+ ebooks is now freely available to University of Cambridge registered students and staff until the 30th of June 2020, via your Raven logins. Works from more than 80 scholarly publishers have been opened up for full text access; a title list can be downloaded from the following link


A list of participating publishers, the number of which are expanding on a daily basis, can also be found from this link.These include the likes of African Books Collective, Central European University Press, Gerlach Press, Hong Kong University Press, Pluto Press, Princeton University Press, Rutgers University Press, Sydney University Press, University of California Press and Yale University Press.

Please search the JSTOR platform to find the temporary titles alongside our owned ebook and ejournal collections.

SpringerLink textbooks – temporary access during COVID-19

The University of Cambridge has temporary access to 407 Springer Nature textbook titles on the SpringerLink platform, until at least the 31st of July 2020. The full text of these titles are available now and will be searchable in iDiscover from 10am on Friday the 10th April, using a Raven login.

Some popular and award winning titles include…

Managing Sustainable Business : an executive education case and textbook edited by Gilbert G. Lenssen & N. Craig Smith

Neural Networks and Deep Learning : a textbook by Charu C. Aggarwal

Modeling Life : the mathematics of biological systems edited by Alan Garfinkel, Jane Shevtsov, & Yina Guo

Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences : a practical introduction with examples in SPSS and Stata by Daniel Stockemer

Introduction to Formal Philosophy edited by Sven Ove Hansson & Vincent F. Hendricks

Motivation and Action edited by Jutta Heckhausen & Heinz Heckhausen

The analysis bit…

Broken down into STMM and HSS titles, the quantities and academic level of the temporarily available titles across the subjects are illustrated below;

A list of available titles can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet from the following link:


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MIT Press e-book access during COVID-19


MIT Press has enabled online access to its e-book collection for the University of Cambridge.

Access the e-books here:


We will be enabling access via iDiscover soon.


Established in 1962, the MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design. MIT Press books and journals are known for their intellectual daring, scholarly standards, interdisciplinary focus, and distinctive design.

Purpose and Values

The MIT Press is committed to reimagining what a university press can be. We aim to push the boundaries of university-based publishing, in active partnership with innovators in the MIT community and aligned with MIT’s mission to advance research, teaching, and solutions to real-world problems.

Known for iconic design, rigorous scholarship, and creative technology, the Press advances knowledge by publishing significant works…

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Duke University Press: 2020 collection

I’m pleased to be able to announce that the UL has purchased Duke University Press’s 2020 ebooks collection. This means that, as well as acquiring perpetual access to the ebooks within the collection (there will be around 130 in total, once they have all been published), Cambridge users will continue to have access to Duke’s extensive backlist for the duration of the agreement. Duke are renowned for their cutting-edge scholarship, and the UL has now acquired their ebook collections every year since 2016; you can read more about Duke ebooks in this blogpost. As with other content that we acquire directly from publishers, the ebooks are DRM-free, i.e. without restrictions on downloading or the number of concurrent users.

Records for the ebooks will be added to iDiscover on a monthly basis, as they are released. You can see a selection of the 2020 titles which are already available below.

Rebecca Gower (Collections and Academic Liaison)

Ebook Central DDA: some February purchases

February was a busy month for the UL’s Ebook Central DDA scheme, with a total of 107 titles triggered for purchase. As usual, the ebooks which readers used were a diverse mix, from 43 different publishers (the most popular of which was State University of New York Press, with 18 titles purchased): the oldest was a 1995 title (Consuming Modernity: Public Culture in a South Asian World), and the newest a work which was officially published on 28th February 2020 (Panepiphanal World : James Joyce’s Epiphanies), though it was available as an ebook a little before that.

The subjects covered were broad, including architecture (Building Reuse : Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design), education (Sounding Composition : Multimodal Pedagogies for Embodied Listening), music (Diplomacy and the Aristocracy as Patrons of Music and Theatre in the Europe of the Ancien Régime), and philosophy (Emplotting Virtue : A Narrative Approach to Environmental Virtue Ethics). Particularly popular were works of and on literature, from primary texts (anthologies of Arabic literature and African poetry) to works of criticism (Poisonous Muse : The Female Poisoner and the Framing of Popular Authorship in Jacksonian America, and Argentina Noir : New Millennium Crime Novels in Buenos Aires).

A selection of some of the titles which we now own outright can be seen below.

Rebecca Gower (Collections and Academic Liaison, Cambridge University Library)