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Books at King's

Background

King's College, Cambridge has a growing collection of books on climate change and global warming in its Library. Started in January 2007, and totalling 500 books by the end of the year, this dedicated collection is wide-ranging in subject matter and global in scope.

The collection is developing rapidly into a valuable resource for the whole University. It is the first in the world to have been set up from scratch to cover all aspects and scales of global warming. Not only are the books arranged by subject, on open access for consultation and borrowing, but the select bibliography is available on-line for anyone in the world to use.

King’s hopes that readers will be inspired, invigorated and empowered, rather than daunted by the magnitude and complexity of the phenomena to be understood or the problems to be solved.

Reliable, impartial, detailed information is hard to come by on the Internet. Meanwhile there are far too many specialised scientific papers for any one individual to negotiate. In this situation books are the most accessible and reliable, in-depth sources of information and argument. Books brim with information that is, on the whole, knowledgeable, accurate, soundly based and properly referenced. They also contain a plethora of diverse arguments and points of view.

Access to books at King's Library

In comparison to any other general library where relevant books are scattered, all the global warming books at the King’s Library are in the same place, within easy reach, thus making the collection very practical and convenient.

It is also possible to browse the library collection via King’s College Library Online Catalogue.

All University members resident in Cambridge can borrow books for two weeks.

Suggestions

If you have any suggestions or requests for books to add to the collection, or books that you would like to donate, please contact Mrs Wai Kirkpatrick, Assistant Librarian at King's College (email: wai [dot] kirkpatrick [at] kings [dot] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk; phone: 01223 331252).

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