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Biological Sciences Libraries

See the Databases page for information on scientific literature databases and resources for supporting lab work. There is also an A-Z list of databases the University has access to.


Birds of the World

Birds of the World is a powerful new resource that brings together scholarly content from four celebrated works of ornithology—Birds of North America and Neotropical Birds (originally published by the Cornell Lab) with Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive and Bird Families of the World (originally published by Lynx Edicions)—into one rich and colorful hub where you can find comprehensive, authoritative information on birds. With the integration of millions of bird observations from eBird and images from the Macaulay Library, Birds of the World is the most powerful ornithological resource ever created.

  • Over 10,700 species accounts
  • Over 500 million eBird observations
  • Over 100,000 research citations
  • 21,000 colour illustrations of every species, and many subspecies
  • Tens of thousands of media assets (photos, videos, and sound recordings)
  • Range maps, eBird abundance maps, and animated migration maps

On-campus access does not require a password. Off-campus access is via Raven password.



Cambridge University Libraries have created a number of online library guides full of useful information and links to resources. 



CamGuides is 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:

CamGuides is designed to help students prepare for their studies in Cambridge, regardless of their subject or college. It focuses on some of the academic and information practices and skills that students commonly engage in, or require, for their degrees.


Reading Lists Online

Reading Lists Online (also known as Leganto) provide easy access to your course 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', or by section or item type. You can also download a copy of the list into a different format including PDF, Word or Excel. 

Reading lists can be accessed from the Reading Lists Online website or from your course Moodle site.

For more information about Reading Lists Online see the libguide.

Zoology Library





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

Telephone      01223 336648
Find us Cam map


Summer vacation opening hours:

Mon-Thu           8:30am-5pm

Friday                Open only to Zoology Department members with card access to the building.

Non-Department members and anyone requiring assistance must also check the Updates on the left 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


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