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Subjects: Biology, Zoology

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students studying biology at the University of Oxford.

Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for biology, including ebooks, ejournals, bibliographic databases.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Bodleian Libraries has amended its library services and opening hours.  While our physical services are carefully re-opening to ensure the necessary safeguards are met for readers and staff, we are continuing to provide, and expanding, our digital services.

Please find updates on the RSL Services - Click and Collect,  Booking a study space, and digital collections here:

Subject Librarians and library enquiries are still available. If you have questions or require 1 to 1 support with using library services, please E-mail me -

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  • Find libraries around Oxford
  • Get help finding books on your reading lists
  • Get information about library WiFi, passwords and photocopying
  • ...and much more

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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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