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Genetics: Library Services during COVID-19

Update 2/11/2020: There are currently no changes to our library services. We are establishing if we need to adapt service levels in response to the national lockdown that will begin on 5 Nov. Keep checking this page and we will let you know of any changes to Biological Sciences Libraries. You can also view information for the main University Library here.

Given the unpredictable nature of the current COVID-19 global pandemic and its continued impact on daily life across the University, we have this dedicated page to give an overview of what is available to anyone using Cambridge University Libraries services. We will aim to provide regular updates when things inevitably change, such as if a new service is starting up or an existing arrangement has ceased to be necessary.

If you have any questions that are not covered in this LibGuide, please contact the Biological Sciences Libraries Team using the range of options below.

Please note that this information may not reflect local arrangements in specific departments and buildings.

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Click and Collect services allow for current staff and students to request items to be fetched by a member of staff from a library's collections and made available to be collected and borrowed.

Click and Collect services are available from many libraries, including: 

You can also browse and borrow items from the Veterinary Library (Years 4-6 and Department members) and Plant Sciences Library (Part II and Department members)


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You can now return books to the following departmental Biological Sciences libraries: Biochemistry, Plant Sciences, PsychologyVeterinary, Zoology. Please contact the librarian in advance, if you require further guidance on how to do this.

If you are unable to get to one of these libraries, you can also return your Biological Sciences libraries books to the Moore Library using their dropbox.

For further information on how to return books during the pandemic, especially if you are away from or have left Cambridge entirely, please visit the Cambridge University Library's website where there are many return options on offer

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Sometimes you just need to talk to someone so you can pick their brain about something that you're working on or trying to figure out. The Biological Sciences Libraries Team are available to talk to you about whatever you need.

We can meet with you in a myriad of different ways so to request 1-2-1 support, please use our online form to tell us what you need help with and how you want to meet with us. 

Please note, in-person support is not currently possible due to on-going restrictions. 

Study spaces

Many libraries across Cambridge are offering a variety of different options to access their study spaces.

Veterinary School Library
Open to Y4-6 veterinary students and department members. First floor study spaces are available to book during core hours.

Plant Sciences Library
The library is open to Part II Plant Sciences students and department members. Please book a study space in advance.

Moore Library
The Moore Library is offering a Book A Seat service for certain areas of the library space. Seats must be booked in advance

Cambridge University Library
The UL is offering a Book a Visit service where you can book some time to consult non-borrowable or Special Collection items.

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Scan and Deliver allows current staff and students to request an individual scanned copy of one chapter of a book or one article per issue of a journal.  Printouts of a chapter or article from Electronic Legal Deposit (via designated computers) materials is also possible. 

The majority of the Biological Sciences Libraries are participating in the central University Library Scan and Deliver service. Please submit your request using the UL form



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The Biological Sciences Libraries Team offer teaching and support throughout the academic year for everyone from first year undergraduates through to academic researchers. Full details are on the Skills, training and induction tab at the top of this page!

In response to social distancing limitations, we have developed a suite of online resources that are supported by online live sessions. Sessions on taught programmes will be timetabled wherever possible. For bookable sessions, please visit the University Training Booking System to see what we have on offer.

There are lots of other opportunities available across the University, such as from the Researcher Development team, as well as self-guided opportunities through services such as LinkedIn Learning

Chat with us

Have a question for the Biological Sciences Libraries Team? Chat with us using our new LibChat service! 

Currently, the chat is live on weekdays during term time between 12:00-14:00.

If you want to get in touch outside these hours, please email us: