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Life Sciences

Your first stop for research: a guide to resources for Life Sciences

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How to find books in the Library

Search books and journal articles using the library website:

Search tip: If looking for a specific book, type the author's surname and keywords from the title of the book in the search box and select the 'Find books' option.

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New Books for Life Sciences

Check out the new books purchased for Life Sciences in 2021-22


The majority of books for Life Sciences will be in the Biomedical & Health Sciences Library, but due to the cross disciplinary nature of many subjects you will also need to use books in the University Library (GCW). The books in both libraries are organised by the Dewey Decimal System. Each book has a number on the spine called a shelfmark. In the Biomedical & Health Sciences Library all books are on the first floor. In the University Library the first floor has books with numbers from 000-649 (apart from 340-349.99 which are in the Law Library on the third floor) and the second floor has books with numbers from 650-999.

Try browsing the shelves for books on a particular topic or search on the Library catalogue ( to find out where the books are located.

Useful Shelfmarks for Life Sciences include:

510 Mathematics
540 Chemistry
570 Biology
572 Biochemistry
576    Genetics & evolution
578 Virology
579 Microbiology
590 Zoology
611 / 612   Anatomy & Physiology
613.2 Nutrition
616 Diseases

More Books

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We really want to know what resources you can’t get hold of. Let us know and we’ll buy more books and e-books.

Complete the form with details of what you need and we’ll get in touch with you if we need any additional information. Most books will be supplied within 4 weeks and we’ll reserve the book for you when it arrives.