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Plant Taxonomy: Home

The aim is to list useful resources and research tools (both print and online) for plant taxonomists and to encourage you to seek help in finding information - making the best use of libraries and online resources.
Subjects: Plant Taxonomy

Covid-19 Update

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Bodleian Libraries are closed until further notice.

While our physical services are suspended we are continuing to provide and expand our digital services.

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I am continuing to work part-time from home during the closure and can be contacted at:

Opening hours

MONDAY :         9.30am - 2.00pm

TUESDAY :        9.30am - 2.00pm

WEDNESDAY :  9.30am - 2.00pm

The Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy is staffed on demand and is open by appointment only and subject to availability.

To book an appointment please email:

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.

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Principal Collections:

The Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy is located in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. The library collections cover research in plant taxonomy, systematics, floristics and plant evolution, in addition to special collections and historical material. The Sherardian Library is associated with the Oxford Herbaria.

Books and print journals are held by the library, and e-journals and e-books are accessible through SOLO, the Oxford Library Catalogue. The library also holds rare and historical materials, including the Sherard Manuscripts and the Flora Graeca.

Associated collections:

Other collections

Contact Us

Sophie Wilcox (Sherardian Librarian)

Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy,
Department of Plant Sciences,
South Parks Road,
Tel: 01865 275025
Email: or