Library services from 6 September – booking no longer required!

From Monday 6 September it will no longer be necessary to make a booking to use the Library.   You will be able to browse the shelves, borrow books, study in the reading room or at seating in the lower library and use printing, photocopying and scanning services without booking – please just turn up!   The “click and collect”, “browse and borrow” and space finder services will all be withdrawn on 6 September.   However, the LibraryScan service will continue until at least Christmas and we hope will continue to be useful, particularly to those who are not able to come to Oxford.

What will it be like in the Library? Seating remains generously spaced and we will ensure windows are open so that the Library is airy and well ventilated.    Rigorous hygiene procedures will also remain in place and we would be grateful if readers could continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) for everyone’s protection.

Library opening hours are currently Mon-Fri 9.30-5pm, with earlier opening from 9am from 13 September and full term time opening from 27 September.

Do get in touch at if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in the Library.

Brush up your study skills

Are you starting a course this autumn after having not studied for a long time?

Are you moving from a taught course to writing a dissertation?

Would you like some guidance on studying effectively, handling references etc?

Come and visit our ‘Returning to Learning’ display in the Library where you’ll find a number of study skills books. There are more on the Library shelves, and you can also find some online. All books are catalogued on SOLO.

Library phone problems (now sorted, 20.9.17)

We’ve just had a new phone system installed in the Department for Continuing Education and unfortunately there are a few teething problems. At the moment, the library desk phone, 01865 270454, has no voicemail facility. Also, we are unable to dial mobiles, and are having difficulty receiving calls from some mobiles.

We hope these problems will be resolved soon, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. You can also contact the Library by email,

Jane Austen 1775-1817

This year is the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen.

To mark the occasion, the Continuing Education has a book display in the entrance area of the Library. You can also find a trail of Jane Austen quotations around the Library!

The Library has published an online guide to resources by and about Jane Austen, which also highlights events taking place around the country. One event not to be missed is the Which Jane Austen? exhibition at the Weston Library until the end of October

For Local Historians

Two items of possible interest from the latest bulletin of the Oxfordshire Local History Association :

Victoria County History

New draft reports by the Victoria County History covering Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park have just been added to the VCH Oxfordshire website. These look at the core area of the royal forest between Fulbrook and Charlbury, which from the 11th to the 19th century provided a covert for the Crown’s deer, a source of timber, coppice-wood and other woodland products and, above all, a vital source of fuel and grazing for surrounding villages. Cornbury (now best known for the Wilderness summer music festival!) was an adjoining royal park throughout the middle ages, before acquiring its present grand house in the 17th century.

Berkshire Record Office

The Berkshire Record Office in Reading holds a good deal of material relating to places now in Oxfordshire but formerly in Berkshire. The archive includes a recently-acquired collection of deeds of clients of Messrs Hedges & Son, solicitors (1708-1951), which relate to properties in Abingdon, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Cholsey, South Moreton, Tilehurst and Wallingford.


PC upgrade (16th December) Now 19th December

Unfortunately this Job has been moved to Monday 19th December. Apologies for the added inconvenience.

The reader PCs in the Library are being upgraded on Friday 16th December. You will still be able to use PCs but please be aware that:

  • Fewer PCs than usual will be available at any one time
  • You may be asked to vacate a PC and move to a different one.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused

PCAS interim period

The PCAS system is currently being upgraded, the new system is due to go live on Tuesday 6th September.

During this period you can use library printer copiers to

  • Photocopy
  • Scan to USB
  • Scan to email

You can also print directly from a USB device, but only PDF, TIFF or JPEG files (but you can convert Word etc documents to PDF)

There will be NO CHARGE for any service during this interim period.

For more information, see the Bodleian Libraries website