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Radcliffe Science Library Refurbishment

The Radcliffe Science Library will soon undergo an exciting refurbishment programme. Find out more information here -

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This guide aims to list useful resources (print or online) and tools for all biologists and to encourage you to seek help concerning finding information, making best use of libraries and online resources.


Principal collections:

  • Radcliffe Science Library. Its website has details of opening hours, location and staff. From 23rd December 2019 the Radcliffe Science Library building will close for refurbishment for approximately 18 months. Library services for science will be relocated to a temporary home at the Vere Harmsworth Library. More information is available here -

Associated collections:

  • The Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy is based in the Department of Plant Sciences. It is managed in association with the Oxford University Herbaria, which contain specimens to which many of the printed and manuscript works in the library collections relate. They contain both modern floras and species monographs, mainly housed in the Herbaria but available to all library users, and historic works, many of which are grouped in the Sherard Collection.
  • The Alexander Library is a specialist collection of ornithological literature from all over the world. Most of the Alexander Library collection is held in off-site storage but can be recalled to library reading rooms.


Other Libraries

Other libraries in Oxford and further afield also hold information of interest to biologists -

Oxford University Museum of Natural History - The Hope Library contains a specialist entomology collection.

Natural History Museum, London - Extensive library collections in many branches of Zoology.

British Library - Extensive collections in all branches of science and medicine.

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