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Biological Sciences Libraries

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The University of Cambridge subscribes to hundreds of specialist databases to support teaching, learning and research. Almost all of these can be accessed from wherever you are if you have Raven credentials. The A-Z list of databases provides links to all the subscribed resources you can access through the University in one place. To help you even more, we've prepared a curated list of useful scientific databases and resources for supporting lab work. Check out the dedicated Physiology, Development and Neuroscience online guide for an even more curated list of key resources that might be useful.



Speaking of online guides, Cambridge University Libraries have created handy online guides for most academic subjects, resources and even some study skills. Check out the PDN LibGuide for help and guidance on accessing both print and online resources, information about training opportunities and more. Other useful guides are listed below:



CamGuides are a set of resources for students beginning undergraduate, taught Master's degrees or PhD research at the University of Cambridge. There are three separate versions depending on where you are in your academic journey:

CamGuides are designed to help students prepare for their studies in Cambridge, regardless of their subject or college. Each one focuses on some of the academic and information practices and skills that students commonly engage in, or require, for their degrees. Topics covered include how to cope with reading lists, time management, software for academic use, referencing and much more.


Reading Lists Online

Reading Lists Online (also known as Leganto) provide easy access to undergraduate reading lists. They show the location and availability of print books and link directly to electronic articles, books, websites, videos and digitised chapters. You can filter a list by priority, 'Required', 'Recommended', 'Further Reading' (where available) or by section or item type. You can also download a copy of the list into different formats including PDF, Word or Excel.  

Reading lists can be accessed from the Reading Lists Online website or from your course's Moodle site. Please note that lists for PDN courses are only available for IA/IB lectures.

For more information about Reading Lists Online for students, academic staff, administrative staff, and librarians can be found on the dedicated Education Programme Reading List Online guide.


Access our electronic resources with ease

When you’re on campus, your access to our electronic resources should be seamless. But what about when you’re not in Cambridge? Download either Lean Library or LibKey Nomad (or both!) to ensure you get easy access to journal articles and databases wherever you are. Both are browser plugins that mean you only need to enter your Raven once per session, so you don’t get stuck in those annoying authentication loops. They also provide open access alternatives (where possible) if we don’t have a subscription to the paper you want.


Searching and Borrowing

Electronic Resources


Library Facilities



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 (7)65604
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