A brief overview of the forestry library collections can be found in the history of forestry at Oxford, 1905-2005 - a set of five posters prepared by Roger Mills, Oxford Forest Information Manager 1981-2010, for the conference 'Frontiers in Forest Information : a centenary conference' held at St Anne's College Oxford, in December 2005.
A more detailed history of forestry at the University can be found in the following paper -
Burley, J. et al. (2009) Witness to History: A History of Forestry at Oxford University. British Scholar, v.1(2), pp. 236-61
The forestry collection is a mixture of material comprising books, periodicals and grey literature. The total collection contains about 200,000 items. Most of the material is donated either by CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) following abstracting, or from forestry organizations from all over the world. Literature is collected in a wide variety of languages and all abstracted material is kept permanently.
The forestry collection is stored off-site and items need to ordered to the Radcliffe Science Library for consultation.
Not all titles are catalogued on OLIS, Oxford's online catalogue, but with the aid of handlists and online databases material can be located.