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Biological Sciences Libraries

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The PDN Library is currently closed for in-person visits but is still open online for help and resources. Please contact us at with any requests for support.


The PDN Library is managed by George Cronin (Library Manager for Biological Sciences) in collaboration with the wider Biological Sciences Libraries Team

Services available from the Library include:

  • undergraduate and postgraduate skills training 
  • research support, including open access and data management 
  • online reading list support
  • in-depth literature searching
  • referencing support and troubleshooting
  • interlibrary loans and Scan and Deliver requests
  • copyright support

This list contains just a few examples of how we can help, so do not hesitate to contact the Library for further assistance.

The Collection

The Library holds a wide variety of resources covering undergraduate, postgraduate and research-level topics. For a more detailed look at the services and collections on offer, please visit our dedicated LibGuide.

You can search the Library's collections through the University of Cambridge's search and discovery system iDiscover. If you wish to consult anything held in the Library's physical collections, please contact George Cronin to discuss access options:

If you wish to request a new resource such as an ebook, please use our dedicated book request form. Note that the PDN Library falls under 'STEMM: Biological Sciences'. 

All of the University's electronic resources can be accessed through our Databases A-Z LibGuide.

Special Collections

Boyd Histological Collection (slides)
The collection is available to view online via the Centre for Trophoblast Research website.

The Lovaton Veterinary Anatomy Library (reference only)
Situated in the Anatomy Building.
Department Officer Responsible: Dr David Bainbridge