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The Colman Library is open for use by all members of the Department of Biochemistry, undergraduates taking the Medical, Veterinary or Natural Sciences Triposes, and members of other University of Cambridge departments whose work and study requires them to use our holdings. Visiting scientists and students are also welcome to use the Library by arrangement with the Secretariat Team.

Journals, Serials and Electronic Resources

The majority of the Colman Library's resources are journals and serials. The University of Cambridge operates an online public access catalogue, iDiscover, which details the journal and serial holdings of all University and College Libraries.

The iDiscover catalogue can also search online articles (both in peer-reviewed journals and from other sources), ebooks, databases, electronic journals and other online content. Search results will indicate if the University has electronic access.


The main book collection of the Colman Library includes general and specific texts in a number of key subject areas. Undergraduate textbooks and recommended books for the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Triposes Part IA Biochemistry and Medical Genetics course and the Natural Sciences Tripos Part IB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology course are also available.

Books are categorised using an in-house system, searchable via iDiscover, and are shelved alphabetically by author/editor. Classified books are available to borrow on an overnight-loan basis; please take them to the Hopkins Building reception desk, along with your University Card, where you will be issued with a loan card.

Reference and Safety Information

The Colman Library includes a small stock of general reference books and assorted scientific reference material, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, tables and nomenclature. Copies of the University of Cambridge Safety Manual, HSE and HMSO health and safety information and other related items are also available. These items may only be used within the Library and are not available for loan.

Examination Papers and Projects

Reference copies of past examination papers and previous Part II/III project reports are kept in the Library Office. Please speak to the Hopkins Building Receptionist to access these. Specimen answers are also available for Part II students to photocopy. Use of Part I answers is restricted to supervisors only.

Contact Details

General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1223 333600

Opening Times

Department Members:

24/7 access via University card

External Users:

Monday-Thursday: 08:30-17:00

Friday: 08:30-16:00


The Colman Library
Hopkins Building
Department of Biochemistry
University of Cambridge
Tennis Court Road