Information for visitors

This information applies to people who are not members of the Department of Plant Sciences.

The official opening hours of the Plant Sciences Library are 8.30 to 17.00, Monday to Friday. If you are not a member of the Department, you will need to be let in by staff in Reception. The Library is normally staffed in the mornings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Anyone can use the Library, whether they are a member of the University or not, so long as they check with the Librarian first. If you use a wheelchair, access is possible, but not easy.

The Library has around 16,000 plant-related books and many journals as paper copies, plus of course access to many relevant journals online. It is not always easy to find things, and some items are held elsewhere, so it is always best to contact us first.

  • Books – If a book is out on the open shelves, and not marked ‘Reserve’, it may be borrowed. You must sign the book out in the loans book, and give us full contact details – especially an e-mail address – in the address book [both on the table opposite the photocopier in Bay 2]. All the books in the Library have been catalogued, so you can always check beforehand if we do hold what you are looking for on the University Library catalogue.
  • Journals – Journals may not be borrowed. Please use the photocopier [see below]. Journals are catalogued, but full details of the run held are not always given.
  • Electronic journals and databases – These can be accessed from the Library computers [see below] in the same way as from anywhere else within the University. The UL e-journals list should be used to check access limitations.
  • Archive material – The Department has not kept a great deal of material related to past members’ research. Some has been sent to the University Library, and some belongs to the Herbarium. Limited information is given on our Archives page. Please always contact us to check.


    • Computers – We have 14 PCs, housed in Bays 7 and Bay 8, but most are passworded for Part II use. The three computers on the right as you enter Bay 8 are free-access, but obviously Department members have priority. Non-department members will not be able to send files to the printer. You are advised to save what you need to a data stick. Do remember that access to e-journals within the Library is no different to anywhere else in the University, as we don’t have subscriptions limited to the Library only.
    • Your own laptop – There is no special area for laptops : you may use your laptop anywhere in the Library, depending on whether you need access to a power socket or network cable. There is a Lapwing box in the Library, so connection to the network is good, but you may need to contact the Computer Officer to set up.
    • Photocopier [Bay 5] –  The photocopier operates with cash, charging 5p per side. It takes larger coins, but does not give change. We do not sell photocopying cards.

The Plant Sciences Department website includes information on how to get to the Department

If you cannot find the information you need on this page, there should be a link to the relevant section. If not please use the search box or contact us