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Biological Sciences Libraries

A shot of the Zoology Library showing desks, some art on the walls and tall bookcases.


Welcome to the Department of Zoology Library

Jane Acred is the subject specialist librarian located in the Department of Zoology. With the Biological Sciences Library Team, Jane provides services and support to departmental students and members. Jane can usually be found in the Library Office during opening hours but anyone requiring assistance may want to email before they visit, as she will not always be available.

Find more about our librarian team.



The library is open as normal.


Library services

The library offers a range of services, including:

  • access to books and resources on zoology, both in print and online
  • undergraduate and postgraduate skills training
  • online reading list support
  • 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 Zoology Library has a variety of print resources covering the breadth of zoology for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers. More information can be found on our Collections page. 

There are 48 study places in the Library, including six individual desks in alcoves between bookshelves.


  • Smoking (including e-cigarettes) and the consumption of food in the Library are strictly prohibited at all times. (Bottled water and drinks with secure lids are allowed) 
  • Mobile phones must be set to silent mode. To prevent disturbance to other readers, calls must be answered outside of the Library.
  • Readers are requested to keep silence in the Library. If using headphones while working the volume must be kept to a level that does not disturb other readers.
  • No book may be removed from the Library unless it has been borrowed legitimately. Library readers are responsible for the safe keeping of any book borrowed. They may be asked to pay for the replacement of books lost or damaged. 
  • Study places may not be reserved and all personal belongings must be removed each day. The Library cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of personal property.



The Library is open to anyone who is a current student or staff member of the University of Cambridge. All other users must contact the librarian to arrange a visit. Department members and Part II Zoology students with card access to the Department can visit the library outside of opening hours.

Access is through a controlled reception area. The Library is located on the first floor of the main Zoology Department building, at the end furthest from reception. There are several non-automatic doors along the corridor and at the entrance to the Library. The Library itself is accessible to wheelchairs, but the majority of study places have single steps to access them. 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

Senior Library Assistant: Jane Acred (she/her)



Phone: 01223 336648

Postal address: 

Zoology Library

Department of Zoology

University of Cambridge

Downing Street












Zoology Library





The Library 
Department of Zoology 
Downing Street
Cambridge - CB2 3EJ 

Telephone      01223 336648
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Opening hours:

Mon-Thu   8:30am-5pm

Friday       8:30am-4:30pm

Library users should check the Updates on the homepage for any changes to opening hours before coming to the library.


Study space access restricted to:

  • Current staff and students of the University


Non-University members and anyone requiring assistance must contact the library in advance as staff are not always available.


Senior Library Assistant: Jane Acred