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Plant Sciences: Physical Resources

Information about the Plant Sciences Library, including information for researchers

Undergraduate Reading Lists

Most reading lists are on the relevant Moodle course pages.

Plant Sciences Resources in Cambridge

Specialist print resources and library help is available via the Plant Sciences Library.

There are many other libraries in Cambridge which may also hold useful collections for your subject.

We recommend:

University Library

Betty & Gordon Moore Library


Physiology, Development and Neuroscience



History and Philosophy of Science

A full list of all the libraries in Cambridge can be found on the Libraries Directory.

Finding Physical Resources

Any physical resources can be found by searching on IDiscover, the University of Cambridge Libraries catalogue. Filter by resource types or for the Libraries you wish to use. Many of our libraries have a dedicated computer you can use to access the iDiscover Calatogue, but you can also access the catalogue from your own computer, or even using your mobile phone.

Document Delivery Services

If you want to access material that is not available from a Cambridge library, please contact the Plant Sciences Librarian in the first instance.

Where an article is not available from within Cambridge, researchers can apply for an Inter-Library Loan from another participating institution.

Both the University Library and the Betty & Gordon Moore Library operate an online service that is open to all registered users:

The University Library runs a free Scan & Deliver service for current University staff and students, which provides scans (within copyright limits) of materials that aren't available electronically. Scans can be requested through the Scan & Deliver form linked on the UL website.

Electronic Legal Deposit

The Electronic Legal Deposit terminal in the Plant Sciences Library.

Found an item on iDiscover that looks really good but you get a message telling you that "online access is restricted" and you have to use a "designated PC"? Not to worry. There's a Guide to help you with that!

There is a designated PC in the Plant Sciences Library, which can be booked through the Plant Sciences Library seat booking system. You can ask the Librarian for more information. Terminals are also available in many other Faculty and Department Libraries, at the Moore Library and at the UL.

Special Collections

Specialist items in the Cory and Herbarium Library:

  • Taxon is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering plant taxonomy. You can use your Raven account to access it.
  • The Simpson Collection of UK floras : Based on the collection of Norman Douglas Simpson

  • Other UK floras, and floras for other countries, including rare pamphlets and reprints

  • Journals recording flora of areas

  • Books related to taxonomy and systematics of plants, from the early 19th century to the present day

  • Monographs on particular plants or types of plants


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