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Genetics Library - Introduction

As of 19 October, the Genetics Library is back in business!

Please contact if you need help or information.

The Department of Genetics includes a specialist library. Although many science resources are now available online throughout Cambridge, the Genetics Library holds some older texts and reprints that may be of interest to historians of science.

The Genetics Library is used primarily by Department members, but all others are welcome. You only need to show University of Cambridge ID to Reception staff to gain entry. Non-University-members should read the information on this website, and contact us first, if intending to visit.

What's in the Genetics Library :

Books : Most of our books are relatively old, since books are now rarely used to teach genetics. Recent books, especially standard Undergraduate or Lab-related texts, tend to be for use in the Library only
Journals : We hold some key genetics journals but only as back-runs, since most journals are now consulted online
Reprints : We have a substantial collection of reprints of papers by important geneticists, once owned by Punnett and Fisher. They are not indexed online, though a card-index exists. They are currently housed in a store off-site. The Drosophila Reprint Collection is also now housed off-site.
... And what we haven't got : Archives relating to the history of the Department

More detailed information about holdings is available HERE

Find out more about :

Visiting the Library

Information for Department members

Information for non-Department members of the University

NEW - LibGuide to Genetics - General information about the resources held and how to organise yourself >>

Help with finding information [general page]

Resources in the Genetics Library [books, journals, etc]

Electronic resources 

Information for other libraries - including obtaining inter-library loans and photocopies

Contact information :

Postal address: Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EA
E-mail :
Phone : 01223 333973 [But as Library is not always staffed, e-mail is preferable]
Librarian: Christine Alexander         Academic Librarian : Dr John Welch

Contact the Genetics Library

Please note the Genetics Library is CLOSED from April - October 2018

But you should still contact us by e-mail if you have a question or had planned a visit:

Phone: 01223 333973

Postal address:

Genetics Library
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge CB2 3EH
United Kingdom

Librarian: Christine Alexander
Academic Librarian: Dr Cahir O'Kane


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E-journals listing

The A-Z e-journals listing in the E-resources LibGuide will explain exactly what we have access to