Collections and resources at the Sherardian Library

A detail of a painted flower - with red petals and a green stem


The Sherardian Library's collections cover research in plant taxonomy, systematics, floristics and plant evolution. Books and print journals are held by the library, and e-journals and e-books are accessible through SOLO, the University’s library catalogue.

There is a New Book Display in the Fielding-Druce Herbarium. You can find information about recent additions to the collection on the collection guide.

For more information about the collections, view the collection development policy for the Sherardian Library (PDF).

Associated libraries and collections


Radcliffe Science Library, currently based in the Vere Harmsworth Library

Collection guides

Special collections

The Sherardian Library contains many rare books, manuscripts and botanical artworks, including the Sherard Manuscripts and the Flora Graeca. Many of these collections have been digitized and are available to view online. 

For more information, visit the collection guide. To enquire about physical access to the library’s special collections and archives, please contact library staff.


Subject guide: Plant Taxonomy

Useful resources and research tools (both print and online) for plant taxonomists.

Databases A-Z: Plant Sciences

Browse the Plant Sciences databases available through the Bodleian Libraries. Some resources may require your University Single Sign On (SSO) to access.