Answered By: FAQ Team
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2019     Views: 85

To search for images in the University’s collections, you can begin with iDiscover, just as you would with books. You can enter your search terms in the main search box. 

To narrow your search to images, go to "Refine my results" on the right-hand side of the results page and choose "Images" from the Resource Type list (you might have to click on "Show more" to expand the list).

This brings you to a list of all images relevant to your initial search term. You can then refine by Collection and choose Apollo from the list if you want to see what is in the University's digital repository (formerly DSpace@Cambridge). From here, you can simply click on one of the hyperlinks which take you through to Apollo.

This screen brings up a small version of the image (which you can click to enlarge and save as a JPEG or other image file) as well as a description, and a link to the full item record.

If you want to order a high-resolution image of a specific item from the University Library’s collections, you can do so via the Digital Content Unit webpages; enquiries can be made by email to

You can also search the Cambridge Digital Library for digital images that have been made available online via the Library’s digitisation programme. 

In this case, a search brings up a list of results from digitised manuscripts which include your search term.

You can click on each result to view and download the image.