Skip to main content

Forestry: Home

Subjects: Forestry


Please note that the printed forestry bulletin collection that was located on Level 5 of the RSL has been moved to off-site storage.  Items from this collection can be ordered to the RSL from off-site storage. Please contact the RSL if you need assistance.

The Radcliffe Science Library

The RSL is the University's main science library. It provides access to our printed collections and electronic resources, and services such as photocopying, printing and scanning, microfilm readers and document supply. Find out more on the Science Libraries Website.

Contacting the Library

Email us at

Or telephone: +44 (0)1865-272800

Resources for Forestry

The Radcliffe Science Library houses the Oxford Forest Information Service (OFIS).  This collection was formerly in the Department of Plant Sciences, where it was the library of the Oxford Forestry Institute.

OFIS works in close collaboration with the CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International), based in Wallingford. CABI abstracts material in many disciplines, including forestry.

The forestry collection is a mixture of material comprising books, periodicals and grey literature. The total collection is about 200,000 items. Most of the material is donated either by CABI or from forestry organizations from all over the world. Literature is collected in a wide variety of languages and all abstracted material is kept permanently.

Not all titles are catalogued on OLIS, Oxford's online computer catalogue, but with the aid of handlists and online databases material can be located.


History of Forestry at Oxford

A brief overview of the forestry library collections can be found in the history of forestry at Oxford, 1905-2005 - a set of five posters prepared by Roger Mills, Oxford Forest Information Manager 1981-2010, for the conference 'Frontiers in Forest Information : a centenary conference' held at St Anne's College Oxford, in December 2005.

A more detailed history of forestry at the University can be found in the following paper -

Burley, J. et al. (2009) Witness to History: A History of Forestry at Oxford University. British Scholar, v.1(2), pp. 236-61

Other Libraries

The Weston Library houses the Bodleian Libraries Special Collections including material from Commonwealth and African Collections previously held at the Rhodes House Library. This collection contains material relating to the history of British colonial administration, including forestry. The collections can be read in the Charles Wendell David Reading Room.

External Readers

If you are not a member of the University you will need to apply for a reader's ticket from the Bodleian Libraries Admissions office.

Subject Guide

Oliver Bridle's picture
Oliver Bridle
Radcliffe Science Library,
Park Road,
01865 (2)72843