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The Department's buildings are currently open for wet laboratory work only. We have carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and have introduced a number of new measures to ensure the safety of our staff, including reduced building occupancy, strict social distancing, 'family'-based working, and increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. All staff who can work remotely will do so for the foreseeable future. Please continue to contact us by email until further notice.

Department of Biochemistry

Books in the Colman Library.

What is Click and Collect?

The Click and Collect service enables library users to request items to be retrieved from the Colman Library's holdings. We hope that this service will allow you to access the books that you need as quickly and as safely as possible.


Who can make use of the Click and Collect service?

Members of the Department All members of the Department of Biochemistry.
Undergraduates Undergraduates taking the Medical, Veterinary or Natural Sciences Triposes.
Other University departments Members of other University of Cambridge departments whose work and study requires them to use holdings of the Colman Library.
Others Visiting scientists and students by arrangement with the Secretariat Team.


How do I use the Click and Collect service?

Begin by using the iDiscover system to identify which items you would like to borrow.

To then use the Click and Collect service, please complete the online Click and Collect form to submit your item request. When asked which library you would like to borrow an item from, please select 'Biochemistry - Colman Library' from the dropdown menu.


When can I collect my items?

Once you have received an email confirmation that your requested items are available, they can be collected from the Hopkins Building Reception during the following hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 08:30-17:00 (closed for lunch 13:00-14:00)
  • Friday: 08:30-16:00 (closed for lunch 13:00-14:00)


For how long can I have items on loan?

Whilst the Colman Library is closed for day-to-day use, we are using revised timeframes for the loan of items:

  • Classified books: Up to five items may be borrowed at any one time. The loan period is for one week.
  • Part I reference: Up to two items may be borrowed at any one time. The loan period is for one week.


How do I return my items?

Please return your loan items to the Hopkins Building Reception within the timeframe of the loan period.


COVID-19 precautions

All items will be packed in a paper bag for collection. All books will have been held for 72 hours before reallocation or being returned to the shelf for safety purposes.

Please do not use any decontaminants on book covers.

Contact details

Secretariat Team  Secretariat Team

Telephone  +44 (0)1223 333600