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Locating Bioinformatics Books

The main shelfmarks for bioinformatics books include -


QH 324.2 - Biology (General)--Methods of research. Technique--Data processing. Bioinformatics--General works

QH 441.2 - Biology (General)--Genetics--Data processing

QH 507 - Biology (General)--Life--Information theory in biology

QU 26.5 - Informatics. Automatic data processing. Computers (General)

QU 58 - Nucleic acids and derivatives

Other books relating to bioinformatics are also be held off-site. These can be ordered through the SOLO library catalogue.

Electronic Legal Deposit

You may find items on SOLO with an 'online access is restricted' notice. The Bodleian receives a copy of every item published in the UK and the Republic of Ireland through "legal deposit" legislation  Items which are received electronically are subject to restrictions:

  • They may only be used on Bodleian Libraries' workstations (not your own computer)
  • You may not save these items or copy and paste from them
  • Only one person at a time can view each item

Many of these items are also available as regular e-journals or e-books which face far fewer restrictions.  To avoid restricted items look out for the green Online access label.

Find out more about Legal Deposit and finding alternative copies of restricted items.

Finding books for Biology


SOLO is Oxford University's library catalogue. You can use it to find both print and electronic material held in collections across the University.

You can search by Author, Title or Subject and limit to the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL).

You can also use SOLO to order off-site material, check your library account and renew your books on-line.

Here's a Guide to using SOLO.

New Books

We add new biology books to the library collections throughout the year. You can keep up-to-date with new printed and electronic titles being acquired by following the links to new books lists shown on the right of this page.

Recommend a Book

Are we missing something from our collections? If you would like to suggest a biology book for the library to purchase, you can do so by contacting the Biology and Forestry Librarian directly ( or you can use our on-line Book Recommendation form. You can find a link to this on the right of this page.


A number of electronic books relevant for bioinformatics can be found by searching SOLO. A number of useful reference works for bioinformatics such as the 'Handbook of Statistics' can be found on Databases A-Z in addition to more general reference works.

Bioinformatics Books

Examples of Bioinformatics books available at the Radcliffe Science Library. You can find many more by searching the SOLO catalogue.

New Biology Books

You can use the links below to view lists of new biology books being added to the library collections. You can search the SOLO catalogue for full holdings information for any of these titles.

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