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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.

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

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

You can often find George in the Librarian's Office in the PDN Library for face-to-face enquiries, but they can also be contacted via email

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 PDN Library is open to Departmental members only (including Part II students). If you are a Part IA/IB student or not a member of the Department and wish to visit the library, then please contact us to discuss arrangements.

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

The Library is open 24/7 to department members with card access, or in line with the opening hours of the Physiology building.


Contact information

Librarian: George Cronin (they/them)  Academic Librarians: Prof Paul Schofield & Dr Sue Jones (on sabbatical)

E-mail : 

Phone : 01223 (7)65604

Postal address:

The Library (Floor C)
Department of Physiology,
Development and Neuroscience
University of Cambridge
Physiological Laboratory
Downing Street



Searching and Borrowing

Electronic Resources


Library Facilities



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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience 
Downing Street 
Telephone      01223 333899
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