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Biological Sciences Libraries



The School of Biological Sciences Libraries has a team of librarians working on providing resources and support in and out of the library space.


Go to catalogue on iDiscover    

What is iDiscover?

iDiscover is the searching platform used by the University’s libraries to search print and online collections using a single search. Find books, ebooks, videos, theses, open access content and more. You can also login to manage your borrowings, requests, fines and saved search results.



What is A-Z Databases?

It is a platform with all databases, digital archive collections, and primary sources available for University of Cambridge members. This guide will give the desired database link, allowing you to be logged in as a university member (avoiding paywalls). You can search by subject, name or initial letters. You can also see on the right side the new and popular available databases. 



We offer physical and electronic journals across the school libraries. Some platforms will help you to keep up to date with specific titles.


Reading list Online - Leganto 

What is RLO, also known as Leganto?

RLO (Reading Lists Online) is a platform that provides easy access to your course reading lists. It shows the location and availability of print books and links to electronic books, articles, websites, videos and digitised chapters (access the PDF when login via Moodle course RLO link, tag "Scan available" will state when you need to access via Moodle to comply with CLA requirements).


Resource Recommendation

The book/article is not available within Cambridge libraries? 

You can use this online form to suggest an acquisition. A specialist librarian will evaluate the suggestion in accord with our collection policy and, if possible, acquire the resource from our supplier in your preferable format (hardcopy OR electronic).



From Office 365, EndNote to SPSS and MatLab, the university offers to its members some software for free and some at a reduced rate. We also have direct links to download some popular reference management software.


Special Collection

The SBS libraries have many resources that are out of print and a unique archive collection (catalogue under construction). For those items, please contact your subject librarian


Subject Guides    

Curated by your specialist subject librarian, the subject guide will help you to keep informed about resources on your subject. 


Theses & Dissertations

A page with links to databases (internal and external) to help you find the dissertation/theses you need. This will support supply undergraduates and all levels of postgraduate students. 



Tips to support your Journal search journey  


  • Journals can be found on IDiscover (physical and hardcopies) or on one of our databases. Please ensure you search the journal title in case the article title is not found as some journals will not have the titles of the published articles on IDiscover, but you may be able to find them once you navigate on the journal portal. 
  • If you are looking for an abbreviated Journal, the Web of Science Help page can help you to identify the abbreviated titles
  • Download LeanLibrary and find OA articles and/or quick access articles freely available to university students/members.


Help to find a resource


The Biological Sciences Libraries Team are here to help. We have some tips to help you troubleshoot common problems library users can face when searching for a resource while at the University of Cambridge. Visit our troubleshoot page.

Help and support for detailed enquiries are also available from the Biological Sciences Libraries team. We can answer your queries by email, or by appointment in a mutually convenient location or platform for an online meeting.


Twitter: @sbslibraries

Contact the subject librarian on Microsoft Teams, or send an email to for more information.