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Balfour and Newton Libraries

library.pngWelcome to the Balfour & Newton Libraries website.

The library staff provide an informative and friendly service for all readers.

If you have any questions about the service please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you.

The names Balfour and Newton commemorate Francis Maitland Balfour (1851-1882), Professor of Animal Morphology, and Alfred Newton (1829-1907) the first Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, in the University of Cambridge.

Balfour's books, given by his family, form the nucleus of the Zoological Department Library. They were housed on the site of the Austin Wing of the Cavendish Laboratory until the Department moved in 1933.

The Newton collection, of ornithological importance, was bequeathed in 1907.


Due to a new library management system being implemented in January there will be no self-issue or return of books from 21st December until the middle of January.

From 2nd January until the self-issue system is operational again the borrowing and returning of books will only be possible when the Library Office is staffed. All books on loan will now be due back on Friday 26th January. If you have any questions please email the