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Most departments in the School provide a library service with a specialist subject focus to support their teaching and research.  Several libraries also own important special collections of rare books and other material such as archives, manuscripts and flora.

For up to date news and information about the libraries in the School of Biological Sciences, please follow us on twitter @sbsLibraries

For detailed library and research support enquiries, please contact Sarah Crudge (Biological Sciences Librarian) and George Cronin (Deputy Librarian - Biological Sciences) by emailing sbslibraries@lib.cam.ac.uk

To find out about access to the departmental libraries please see the websites and contact details of individual libraries below.

Resources to support lab work

Access to the labs is a little harder at the moment, and so we've gathered together some online resources that might be useful:

JoVE Unlimited: Journal of Visual Experiments has educational videos demonstrating science concepts and laboratory methods suitable for undergraduate and graduate courses. JoVE videos also bring to life the intricate details of cutting-edge experiments enabling efficient learning and replication of new research methods and technologies.

Wiley Current Protocols includes over 24,000 step-by-step techniques, procedures, and practical overviews that provide researchers with reliable, efficient methods to ensure reproducible results and pave the way for critical scientific discovery. There is a broad subject coverage for researchers, and a section on Essential Laboratory Techniques will be of particular use to undergraduate students.

Springer Nature Experiments is a research solution allowing researchers to quickly find and evaluate protocols and methods in the life sciences.

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols is an interactive source of new and classic research techniques. Fully searchable by keyword and subject. Coverage includes cell and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, and imaging. Regularly updated.

Important COVID-19 Information:

Coronavirus means this academic year will be unlike any other, and our libraries have adapted in response. Please check the UL website for the most up to date information about their services. Check the individual library pages listed below for details of current services and access. There is also a handy COVID-19 guide for the Biological Sciences Libraries located on each libguide.

Website Email Telephone Opening hours and location

Biochemistry Library Website

Biochemistry LibGuide

librarian@bioc.cam.ac.uk (01223 3) 33613

Department Members: 24/7 access via University card

Non-members: Monday - Thursday 08:30 - 17:00 (16:00 on Friday)

Currently closed for access due to COVID restrictions

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Genetics Library Website

Genetics LibGuide

(01223 3) 33973

Department Members: 24/7 access via University card

The Library is staffed Monday - Friday afternoons and also on Wednesday mornings. Non-members should contact the Librarian for access during these times.

Currently closed for access due to COVID restrictions

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Pathology LibGuide

01223
333064/ 765604

The Pathology Department has no physical library. Please contact the Biological Sciences Libraries Team for enquiries and support 

Pharmacology Libguide

01223
333064/ 765604

The Pharmacology Department has no physical library. Please contact the Biological Sciences Libraries Team for enquiries and support 

Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Website

Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Libguide

library@pdn.cam.ac.uk (01223 3) 33821

Department Members: 24/7 access via University card

Non-members: Monday - Friday 08:45-17:00

Currently closed for access due to COVID restrictions

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Plant Sciences Library Website

Plant Sciences Libguide

Ecology Libguide

(01223 3) 33930

Department Members: 24/7 access via University card

Non-members: Monday - Friday 08:30-17:00 (dependent on Reception being staffed)

The Library is staffed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Currently closed for access due to COVID restrictions

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Psychology Library Website

Psychology Libguide

library@psychol.cam.ac.uk (01223 3) 33554

Department Members: 24/7 access via University card

Non-members: Monday - Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 (16:00 on Friday)

Currently closed for access due to COVID restrictions

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Veterinary Medicine Libguide librarian@vet.cam.ac.uk

(01223 3)

37633

Department Members: 24/7 access via University card

Non-members: Monday - Thursday 09:00 - 3:30

Access is currently for Department members only, due to COVID restrictions

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Zoology (Balfour & Newton Libraries) Website

Zoology Libguide

Ecology Libguide

zoo@lib.cam.ac.uk (01223 3) 36648

Department Members: 24/7 access via University card

Non-members: Monday - Thursday 08:30 - 17:00 (16:30 on Fridays)

During vacation the library closes half an hour earlier.

Currently closed for access due to COVID restrictions

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