Using the Sherardian Library

A large table in the middle of the room, two students sit either side each reading a book. There are bookshelves against the wall on either side

You will need to book a time slot to use our open libraries. Check individual libraries for more details. Find out what to expect when you visit a library and our latest service updates.


  • The Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy is staffed on demand. It is open by appointment only and subject to availability. To book an appointment, please email the librarian (
  • The General Reading Room on the First Floor has 24-hour swipe card access for members of the Department of Plant Sciences.
  • Collections are available for reference use only within the library.

General information

  • The Bodleian Libraries Regulations and Rules of Conduct apply in this library.
  • All material is for reference only and must not be removed from the library.
  • Rare and historical material in the special collections can be consulted by appointment only. Please contact library staff to make an appointment.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the library.

Layout and classification

Open-shelf books can be found in the Fielding-Druce Herbarium, the Daubeny Herbarium and the General Reading Room.

Books are organized according to Universal Decimal Classification and are ordered accordingly by shelfmark.