Library service

The UKCEH Library Service supports scientific research by providing library and information services to both UKCEH staff and external researchers.

We maintain a wide-ranging collection of journals, books, reports and grey literature reflecting the key research interests of the Centre.

Access for external users to our site libraries at Wallingford and Lancaster is restricted to bona fide researchers at the discretion of library staff and by prior appointment. Please check with individual libraries for visiting arrangements:

Site Librarians Contact
Wallingford Adrian Smith, Dee Galliford, Tracy Colborne 01491 838800,
Lancaster Julia Browne, Judith Whiteley 01524 595800,

About the collection

We hold a collection of more than 40,000 books, reports, theses and maps, together with 900 hardcopy journal titles. Only a small number of the hardcopy journal holdings are current subscriptions; most current subscriptions are online only.

In addition to purchasing, material is also acquired through exchange agreements with other organisations and from donations by current and former staff and other scientists. This provides in-depth, and in many instances historical, coverage of subjects including terrestrial and freshwater ecology, hydrology, microbiology, climate change, meteorology, environmental chemistry, pollution, land use, remote sensing, nature conservation, entomology and ornithology.

Historical material at Wallingford includes the Hurst Collection on Nile hydrology, the Rofe Collection of 19th and 20th century water legislation, and British Rainfall from 1860.

The entire library collection can be searched through Heritage (

Document Supply

UKCEH Libraries may, at the discretion of library staff, provide access to items that are not readily available elsewhere. Other libraries may apply for photocopies and loans through inter-library loans schemes by contacting UKCEH Library Enquiries (charges will apply). We do not supply material to individuals but they may consult material at the Lancaster or Wallingford sites by arrangement.

Archive service

The UKCEH Archive Service preserves and provides access to material relating to both administrative aspects and scientific activities and outputs of UKCEH and its predecessor organisations, which include the Nature Conservancy, Institute of Freshwater Ecology, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Institute of Hydrology, and Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology. Items are held in a dedicated facility at our Lancaster site.

The Archive holds journal papers, conference papers, books and book chapters produced by UKCEH staff and staff of predecessor organisations, as well as corporate records and publications.

The staff publications database can be searched through Heritage ( From 2006, staff publications have been entered into the NERC Open Research Archive (NORA) with full-text access where possible.

Copies of contract reports and other reports not available online can be requested by contacting UKCEH Library Enquiries (charges may apply). Reports with a "restricted access" or "confidential" disclosure category will only be supplied following written approval by the customer and/or UKCEH nominated author. 

The Archive holds a wide range of corporate, programme and project outputs including:

  • Annual reports and reviews
  • Business plans
  • Newsletters
  • Brochures
  • Leaflets

Access to the Archive is available by prior arrangement only, using the contact details below.


UKCEH Library and Archive Service email: