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Welcome to the website for the Plant Sciences Library at the University of Cambridge.

We fairly recently [14 Nov 2013] featured in the Cambridge Student, as part of the nationally important and completely serious talent contest 'Battle of the Bibliotheques : which is Cambridge's greatest library?' [page 18]

Although many plant scientists now access most of the information they need online, the Plant Sciences Library retains a large amount of older material that is still in frequent use – and could be used more if researchers were aware of what we hold!

All our books and journals appear on the University of Cambridge library catalogue, which is searched using iDiscover. We also hold archive material and reprints that are not represented on a publicly-available catalogue. See What’s in the Library for a rough guide.

Visitors from other Cambridge departments, and from 'outside' the University, are welcome. All visitors are strongly advised to contact us first, both to check our holdings and the accessibility of the items they need, and for help with finding these items. Those who are not members of the University should complete an application form - available here.

Please note that there are separate library facilities in both the Herbarium and in the Cory Library [both at the University Botanic Gardens] and an appointment must usually be made to visit either of these. Floras, works on taxonomy and monographs are held in the Herbarium Library, in the Sainsbury Laboratory [Botanic Gardens]. You'll need to complete a [different] application form - download.

See the Information for visitors for more details.

Contact details

Please use e-mail if possible :

Dept. of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3EA
Phone : 01223 333930

Librarian : Christine Alexander
Academic Libn : Prof. David Coomes