Finding things

What are you looking for….?

  • A specific book – Use the online catalogue, Newton, to find the class mark, then look further down this page for the Bay where the book should be located. All the books, even the older ones, appear on Newton
  • Books on a particular subject – This is difficult, as the classification scheme uses very broad subject areas, and not all books on similar subjects are necessarily together. Try putting the subject into Newton for a possible classmark, and you will also get some titles of actual books
  • An on-line journal – You do not need to visit the Plant Sciences Library to access an on-line journal. If it is available at all, then it will be available throughout the cam-domain. Although a few online journals are not accessible outside the cam-domain, problems encountered are generally because of the route by which the journal was accessed, not because it is unavailable. See the e-journals list.
    Please contact the Librarian if you are having problems with electronic accessand see the next paragraph…
  • A recent journal – Some journals are still only available as paper copies [and many as both electronic and paper]. Current issues of journals are kept in the new Group Study Bay, immediately on the right as you enter from Reception. The journals are tucked into the corner on the right immediately inside the bay.
  • A specific journal  – Journals are mostly shelved alphabetically, but there are a few out-of-sequence titles. See further down this page for rough Bay numbers. Newton does not give locations within the Library, and is not accurate regarding holdings at the moment either – best to check with us first
  • Department Archives – Archive-type material will need to be retrieved for you – See our Archives page for information
  • Simpson Collection – This collection of British floras has now moved to the new Herbarium Library in the Sainsbury Building. There is no ‘walk in’ access to the Sainsbury Building, even if you are a member of the Department of Plant Sciences [unless your University card has been processed by building security]. You must get permission from Dr Coomes, the Academic Librarian, by filling out and forwarding this form to him. He will then send his authorisation to security staff there.
  • Floras, works related to taxonomy, and on individual plant species – Floras, taxonomic works and monographs on particular plants are also now in the Sainsbury Building. As with the Simpson Collection, permission is needed to use the new library.  Link to form

Rough guide to Bay contents
After the summer 2012 refurbishment, we decided to renumber the stacks in one straight sequence according to whether they held books or journals. A rough idea of location is given below.

Lower floor

  • Bay 1 – Occupied by a research group, and off-limits to Library users
  • Bay 2 – Quiet Study Room
  • Bay 3/4 – Group Study Room ; Books with classmarks A – D; Current issues of some journals
  • Corridor – Books with classmarks D – F
  • Bay 5 – Books with classmarks F – L and stairs to upper Bays
  • Bay 6 – Journals A – B; Some study seats ; Librarian’s desk
  • Bay 7 – Computers for Part II use in termtime. Journals B
  • Bay 8 – Computers [3 on RH side are free-access] and journals B
  • Corridor – Books with classmarks L – V

Mezzanine floor [stairs in Bay 5]

  • Journals B – Z

Outside the Library

  • Sainsbury Building – Simpson Collection books; floras; monographs; taxonomic works; Some journals on those subjects. You will need permission to access the library – Link to form
  • Professor’s Office – Some old books in ‘A’ classes. Some Department archives. These will need to be fetched

Once stock relocation is complete, a plan of the library will be available on this website.