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Department of Zoology


The Zoology Library will remain closed to users (except for Zoology Department members with card access to the building) until further notice, but some zero contact services are available. The Senior Library Assistant should be on site one day a week (except for w/c 12th July) and working from home for the rest of the week. They can always be contacted via email (Updated 6th July 2021)


Click & Collect 

Click & Collect enables current staff and students to request books to be retrieved and borrowed from the Zoology Library's modern collections. Undergraduates can borrow up to four books at any one time. Postgraduates and University staff (academic staff, research workers, support staff) can borrow up to 12 books at any one time. All books, including overnight loans, will be auto renewed until they are returned, requested by another reader, or your borrower record expires. Journals, special collection and reference items cannot be borrowed.

You should check the iDiscover catalogue to see if the book is held in the Zoology Library and then place a request via the online form. Requests will be fetched from the shelves once a week when the library staff are on site. Once the books are retrieved, you will receive a confirmation email which includes information about how to collect your books from the Zoology Department Reception desk. The books for collection will have been issued to your library borrower record and will be placed in a paper bag for you to take away. Please do not come to collect your books until you receive the confirmation email.


Book returns

You can return books on loan from the Zoology Library to the Zoology Department Reception desk during opening hours (8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday). You must go to the Zoology Department entrance and call the Deliveries phone number on the doors via your mobile phone. This will put you through to the Reception staff and you should tell them you are there to return books from the Zoology Library. Reception staff will grant access and direct you to the Book Returns box.

Library staff will collect returned books from Reception once a week when they are on site and remove them from the borrower’s record. Books from other libraries cannot be returned to the Zoology Department. 

*You must wear a face covering when you enter the building and return your books, unless you have a medical exemption*


Scan & Deliver

Scan & Deliver allows current staff and students to request an individual scanned copy of one chapter (or 5%) of a monograph or one article per issue of a journal from the University Library; some faculty and departmental libraries' modern collections; the Library Storage Facility; and material held as Electronic Legal Deposit, subject to relevant conservation approval and copyright permissions. For more information and to make a request, see the University Library's Scan & Deliver webpage.

All requests for items for private study and research must be made through the University Library. Individual requests to the Zoology Library will not be accepted due to the regulations for providing scans. If the University Library is unable to fulfil a request as the item is only held by the Zoology Library, they will ask library staff to send a scanned copy to them.

Scans for teaching, including those to be uploaded to Moodle, must not be requested. Lecturers must contact the Senior Library Assistant to arrange these.


Online meetings and 1:1 support

Online meetings can be booked directly with the Senior Library Assistant, using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

The Biological Sciences Libraries are offering online 1:1 support using Microsoft Teams or Zoom. To request this please use the online form. We can provide you with guidance on finding online resources effectively, including database searching, e-books and Open Access resources.