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Subjects: Biology, Plant Sciences

Covid-19 Update

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Bodleian Libraries has closed all of its library sites as of 5pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020 until further notice. While our physical services are suspended, we are continuing to provide, and expanding, our digital services.

Please find information on the RSL Services and on our increased digital services 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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Library Assistant is our online guide to library services for new undergraduate students. It is adapted to work on smartphones and tablets so you can access it anywhere.  You can use Library Assistant to -

  • 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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Radcliffe Science Library

The Radcliffe Science Library holds the majority of the University's collections for plant sciences and forestry. Here you will find -

  • Undergraduate textbooks
  • Research monographs
  • Interlibrary loan/document supply service
  • Silent and group study areas
  • Computing, photocopying and scanning services

The Radcliffe Science Library 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 -

Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy

Please note that, due to the retirement of the current Sherardian Librarian, access to the Sherardian collections is currently limited. Please direct any enquiries about the collection or requests to view material to

The Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy is located in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. The library collections cover research in plant taxonomy, systematics, floristics and plant evolution, in addition to special collections and historical material. The Sherardian Library is associated with the Oxford Herbaria.

Books and print journals are held by the library, and e-journals and e-books are accessible through SOLO, the Oxford Library Catalogue. The library also holds rare and historical materials, including the Sherard Manuscripts and the Flora Graeca.

The Sheradian Library has restricted opening hours and admission is by appointment only.


Contact the Librarian

If you have questions about the collections in plant sciences, please contact the appropriate librarian for further information.

Oliver Bridle (

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