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Biological Sciences Libraries


All the books in the Plant Sciences Library can be found on the University of Cambridge online catalogue, searched using iDiscover, although rarely with full details. Therefore, you would probably not be able to identify, for example, if an item had been owned and annotated by a particular person – but just because the catalogue does not say this about an item, it does not follow that we definitely do not have it. Moreover, since books here are issued manually, the catalogue will not tell you if a book is available for loan or consultation. Please contact us to find out.

Journals are also listed on iDiscover, but in this case the information given is likely to be very general - for example, not identifying missing parts. Once more, it is best to contact us.

Inter-library loans and photocopies

A high proportion of our books may be loaned to other libraries, and photocopies sent out, if a British Library user code is provided. We hold some almost-unique runs of older botany journals. It is much quicker to contact us directly, although it is also possible to route requests via the University Library.

Advising potential visitors

Visitors are generally very welcome to use the Plant Sciences Library, but they should contact us first. It is also advisable for potential visitors to check iDiscover first, and identify specific items they wish to consult.