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Biological Sciences Libraries

A landscape shot of the PDN Library's Quiet Space with rows of wooden desks, all with power points, and lots of comfy seating. It is a light and airy space.

Welcome to the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN) Library

The PDN Library has recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment and feedback is always appreciated as are requests for things to help you use the space more effectively.

The Library service is managed in collaboration with the wider Biological Sciences Libraries Team


Library services

A range of services are available from the Library and 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 Library space

The Library holds a wide variety of resources covering undergraduate, postgraduate and research-level topics. For a more detailed look at the collections on offer, please visit our Collections page. You can search the Library's collections through the University of Cambridge's search and discovery system iDiscover with more information on how to find and borrow things available on our Searching & Borrow page.

We have many different study spaces and other options for working and collaborating with further information on our Library Facilities page


The Library is open to students being taught in PDN as well as researchers and staff based in the Department. If you are from outside of the PDN Department and wish to visit the Library, then please contact us in advance to discuss arrangements. The Library is open 24/7 to department members with card access, or in line with the opening hours of the Physiology building. 

The Library is located on Floor C of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience's Physiology building, accessed by turning left at the top of the main stone staircase and following the landing around to the left. There is a lift available for use with access gained via an additional platform lift. There is one non-automatic door into the Library space itself and the space is on one step free level. If you have additional access requirements please contact us and we will be happy to help. More information about the accessibility of the Department is available on the AccessAble website

Contact information

Librarian: Vacant  Academic Librarian: Prof Paul Schofield 


E-mail : 

Phone : 01223 765604


Searching and Borrowing

Electronic Resources


Library Facilities

Building accessibility


Opening hours:

Mon-Thu 08:45 -12:30 & 13:30 -17:00
Friday 08:45 -12:30 & 13:30 -16:00



08:45 -13:15

(during term time)

Members of the Department with card access can use the Library outside of these core hours


Address The Library, 
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, 
Downing Street,
Telephone      01223 765604
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