As books are now rarely used to teach genetics, we cannot claim to hold a 'collection' of recent books on the subject. A few recently-published key general undergraduate text-books are strictly for use in the Library only. We do, however, have a number of older books related to the subject that may be of interest to historians of science.
Most of our books are represented on the online catalogue, but some of the older volumes are not. Online catalogue entries do not indicate if a book is on loan. Please contact us if you wish to check whether we have a book not listed on the catalogue. Any book that is not designated 'Reserve' may be borrowed [including by non-members of the Department].
Most serial publications in genetics are available online to all members of the University. However, the Genetics Library still takes some of the key titles as paper copies as well. We also hold substantial bound back-runs, including some rare titles, such as the newsletters of specialist groups. Our journals are represented on the online catalogue, but the brief entries are sometimes difficult to interpret. Please contact us for information.
The Library holds thousands of reprints and pamphlets by geneticists, dating from the 1900s to the 1970s. The collection is based on material amassed by R.A. Fisher and R.C. Punnett when they worked in the Department. The entire output of some authors could be represented here. Some of the material has been annotated, or even corrected, and occasionally a previously unknown piece of research surfaces. This under-used and largely unknown collection is likely to be of interest to historians of science. Unfortunately it is not represented on any online catalogue, but there is a large card catalogue in the Genetics Library.
As of October 2012, the Genetics Library once again holds the extensive Drosophila Reprint Collection, maintained by FlyBase. There is no publicly-accessible catalogue, so again please contact us if you need an item from this collection.
Graduate students in the Department were required to submit a copy of their thesis to the Library up until 2013, but some are not available for Copyright or Patent-related reasons. They are not catalogued, so please contact us to check if a thesis is available for consultation in the Library. The University Library retains a copy of all doctoral theses. The Genetics Library does not loan theses, and nor does the University Library, but the latter may be able to provide a copy via its Reprographics Service.
Part II project reports
Held from 1976> but not catalogued. Please ask. Essays are no longer held
Unfortunately the Genetics Library does not have an archive of the past activities of the Department. Some material is held in the University Library, and this almost certainly represents anything still in existence. Some of this can be identified on Janus, the University Archives catalogue, but some is indexed separately. Please contact the University Archives firstname.lastname@example.org regarding scope of, and access to, items located there.
Please e-mail the library - Library@gen.cam.ac.uk - to check if we hold an item