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Department of Zoology


The Zoology Library will remain closed to users until further notice, but some zero contact services are available. The Senior Library Assistant will go on site on Thursdays (excluding 22nd April due to annual leave) if there are zero contact services to be performed, otherwise they will be working from home. They can always be contacted via email (Updated 8th April 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 where the book is held. If there are copies available online or in your college library, the University Library or the Moore Library you should make a Click & Collect request to the relevant library. If the book is only available from the Zoology Library or another faculty/departmental library, place a request via the online form and library staff will assess the request. All requests must be placed by 5pm on Wednesday as library staff will only go on site on Thursday (excluding 22nd April due to annual leave) if there any Click & Collect requests to fulfil. 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

In order to protect Reception staff and users during lockdown, only return books if they have been requested by another user or you are leaving Cambridge. Books will automatically renew and all due dates will be extended.

You can return books on loan from the Zoology Library to the Zoology Department Reception desk during opening hours (8:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday). You must go to the Zoology Department entrance and call the Deliveries phone number on the doors via your mobile phone or the intercom. 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.

During lockdown library staff will not be on site on a regular basis but when they visit the Department they will collect returned books from Reception 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.