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INI library

The INI library is available for all participants to use and the library enquiry desk is normally staffed between 09:15-14:45 Monday to Friday. Access during evenings and weekends is via door access card. All programme and workshop participants may borrow material by filling in a loan card (to be found in the front of each book). Access to the INI library for other visitors is by arrangement with the library staff.

Recommendations for book purchases are very welcome. Much of the Library's stock is the result of gifts and the Institute warmly welcomes the donation of books, particularly those written by visitors and former visitors.

Sara Wilkinson, Librarian and Information Officer
tel: +44 (0) 1223 335983


Library Guide

Finding and borrowing books in the INI library

Finding a book

To find out whether a specific title is held in the INI library (or another library in Cambridge University) please refer to the Library Catalogue.

The books in the INI library are arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification Scheme, which assigns each subject an alphanumeric classmark or shelf location. To help identify specific works, we have also added the first three letters of the author's surname, eg QA805 ARN (Arnold, VI: Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics). There is a complete guide to the Library of Congress scheme for Science at the library desk. Back copies of journals are arranged alphabetically on the upstairs gallery on the right-hand side as you enter the library. There are separate sections specifically for INI Publications, Isaac Newton and his works, Local Information and fiction.


Borrowing in the INI library is self-service. To borrow a book, please fill in the loan card from the inside front cover of the book with your name and the date then leave it in the box provided on the library desk. A member of staff will file the card later. Books can be kept for up to a month provided there are no requests for it. Please leave returned books on the library desk.

Using other Cambridge Libraries

The INI library is complemented by a number of other libraries elsewhere in the University and their holdings are listed on the Library Catalogue; visitors to the Institute are usually able to use these libraries by arrangement. Please ask the Institute library staff for a letter of introduction to access the following libraries:

The Betty and Gordon Moore Library (BGML) houses the University's main collections in the physical sciences, technology and mathematics, and is located to the rear of INI.

The Central Science Library (CSL) has specific responsibility for biological, chemical, earth and environmental sciences. It is located in the centre of Cambridge on the New Museums Site.

The University Library (UL) is the main library for the University of Cambridge. It is a legal deposit library and contains material on a wide range of subjects.

Cambridge Central Library is the public library in Lion Yard, Cambridge. Visitors and their families may arrange to join this library and use online resources by filling in the Online Application Form. Library cards will be mailed out to you within 10 working days.

Online Resources

The eresources@cambridge portal contains access to a wide variety of online resources including journals, books, newspapers and databases. Most eresources provide on-campus access through IP recognition within the domain. If you are trying to access a resource that requires a password, please contact the Librarian and Information Officer for advice.

Cambridge Libraries Gateway

The Cambridge Libraries Gateway is a useful starting point for navigating the 100+ libraries in Cambridge and for learning how to find resources.

INI Preprints

INI has its own Preprint Series where the scientific papers of the Institute are freely available to all. The Preprint Series conforms to the Green Open Access policy.

INI visitors are encouraged to submit relevant papers to the series. All papers must have been either completed at or based on work that took place partially or wholly at the Institute. You can still submit material to the preprint series even after your visit has ended as long as it is based on work that you did during your visit. Please send a PDF copy to preprints[at][dot]uk, which will be added to the Preprint Series.

INI Publications

Copies of books that have resulted from INI scientific programmes are kept in the library and can be borrowed in the same way as the rest of the library collection. Details can be found on the Library Catalogue or on the Books arising from INI activities webpage.

INI Library Floorplan

The main areas of the library are outlined in the  

INI Library Floorplan

Books about Sir Isaac Newton

The INI Library does not hold any of Newton's original manuscripts or papers; these are primarily to be found in the archives of Cambridge University Library and the Keynes Collection at King's College. INI Library does, however, hold a collection of texts dealing with Newton's life and works, including modern editions of some of his correspondence, mathematical and optical papers. We have also been given a modern transcript of the 1671 will of William Clark, the Grantham apothecary with whom Newton boarded while at the King's School (c.1630), and an inventory of the apothecary's shop (by kind permission of Ms V Horry). All books can be found in the Library Catalogue or in the Books about Sir Isaac Newton webpage.


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