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The Library

The Scott Polar Research Institute is home to┬áthe world’s most comprehensive polar library. It is a resource of national and international importance consulted by governments, industry, scientists and scholars. The Library also houses the World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge (WDCGC) with special responsibilities for the provision of information to British and European glaciologists

For scientists and scholars, SPRI Library offers a collection developed since the 1920s with over 700 current journals and over 140,000 volumes covering all subjects relating to the Arctic, the Antarctic, and to ice and snow wherever found.

For industry, it is a prime information source on such subjects as exploration and exploitation of natural resources and on the environmental implications of such activities in the polar regions; on the design of ice-strengthened shipping and selection of sea routes; and on problems of construction and transportation in cold environments.

For Government users, the Library offers an unrivalled resource for the needs of international relations and strategic defence

The best way to make use of SPRI Library is to visit in person to carry out your research. Each year several hundred visitors are received, many from overseas and many for extended periods of time. All are made welcome.

  • For a brief visit, please kindly contact our Library Information Assistant advising her of your planned arrival date and length of stay

By e-mail:

By telephone: 01223 336 552

  • For those wishing to visit for two weeks or more, please write first to the SPRI Director for Visiting Scholar status

More information, including how to access the catlaogue and our time saver service can be found on the Libraries information pages
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