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Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Guide: PDN Collections

PDN Library

The library holds approximately 4000 books and several periodical titles. A print out of the book catalogue is available in the photocopier room and all our holdings are added to the Newton Catalogue of the University Library.

Postal Address

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

Tel: 01223 333821 Fax 01223 333840

Access: Monday - Friday: 08.45 - 17.00
The library is closed on Saturday and Sunday.


Books and periodicals

The library uses the Library of Congress Classification. It specializes in the following subjects:

 Q  Science  RB  Pathology
 QA  Mathematics  RC  Internal Medicine
 QC  Physics  RD  Surgery
 QD  Chemistry  RE  Ophthalmology
 QH  Natural Sciences, Biology  RG  Gynecology and Obstetrics
 QK  Botany  RJ  Pediatrics
 QL  Zoology  RK  Dentistry
 QM  Human Anatomy  RL  Dermatology
 QP  Physiology  RM  Therapeutics and Pharmacology
 QR  Microbiology  SF  Animal Culture
 R  Medicine (General)  T  Technology
 RA  Public Aspects of Medicine  Z  Bibliography, Information Resources (General)


We also hold additional books in the following subjects:

 A  General works  K  Law
 B  Philosophy, Psychology, Religion  L  Education
 C  Auxiliary sciences of history  M  Music
 D  History  N  Fine Arts
 G  Geography, Anthropology, Recreation  P  Language and Literature
 H  Social Sciences    

The library holds more than 100 periodicals, free to consult within the premises. The full list is contained below:

In addition, the library is currently subscribed to the following periodicals:

American Journal of Physiology Nature
Biological Reviews New Scientist


Notes and Records of the Royal Society
Human Reproduction Physiological Reviews
Journal of Anatomy Physiology News
Journal of Applied Physiology Reproduction
Journal of Endocrinology Science
Journal of General Physiology Scientific American
Journal of Hypertension  


The library holds the following special collections:

Boyd Histological Collection (slides)
Dept. Officer Responsible: Prof. Graham Burton.
The collection is also available at the Anatomical Society web site via the Human Embryo Database.

The Lovaton Veterinary Anatomy Library (reference only)
Situated in the Anatomy Building.
Dept. Officer Responsible: Dr David Bainbridge.

The library has an historical book collection. For information on the titles and how to consult them, please contact the covering librarian.

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Borrowing books

Everyone is allowed to consult the books within the library.

Only PDN Staff, PDN Graduate Students, and PDN Part II Students are allowed to borrow books from the library.