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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 should be on site on Mondays and Thursdays and working from home for the rest of the week. They can always be contacted via email  


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, 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 on Mondays and Thursdays when the library staff are on site. Once the books are retrieved using appropriate PPE, you will receive a confirmation email which includes information about how to collect your books within seven days 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-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.

Library staff will collect returned books from Reception on Mondays and Thursdays 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.



LibChat is an online chat facility for answering enquiries. The Biological Sciences LibChat is staffed from 12pm-2pm Monday-Friday during term. The chat box can be found on the main library webpage or on the Covid-19 tab of the Zoology LibGuide


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.