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.
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).
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.
Many libraries across Cambridge are open and offering a variety of different options to access their study spaces. Please do check with individual libraries before visiting. We have included some further details below for a selection of our library spaces.
Open to department members and Part II/Part III students. Please contact the Library to book a study space.
While the Library is closed for refurbishment, the Blue Room is open to department members including Part II students for study.
Plant Sciences Library
Library open to Part II students and department members.
Library open to Part II students and department members. Reduced seating available, check availability with Library before coming to the department.
Veterinary School Library
Open to Y4-6 veterinary students and department members.
Study spaces open to Part IB and Part II students during staffed hours and departmental members with card access out of hours.
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!
We have a suite of online resources that are supported by online live sessions, with additional sessions on taught programmes timetabled wherever possible. For bookable sessions, please visit the University Training Booking System to see what we have on offer.
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.