Service Update: Long Vacation 2024

Introduction

Trinity Term is always a long one, with exams and coursework and unpredictable weather. Congratulations on making it through to the end of it! Whether you’re leaving Oxford for the summer and heading away for a well-earned rest, or making the most of the quiet to get some good reading time in, the library is here to help you out. Read on for updates on information for finalists, details of vacation loans, our library closure period, and more!

Information for Finalists

Loans: If you’re completing your course this year, please return items on loan before leaving Oxford and prior to the expiration of your University card.

Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS): If you’re leaving us this summer, do use up any remaining PCAS balance as it cannot be refunded. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email pcas@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you need assistance.

Becoming an Alum? As an Oxford alum you can take advantage of a number of benefits, including free access to the Bodleian Libraries and certain eresources. Learn more at the link: Getting started: Alumni | Bodleian Libraries

Persuing Further Oxford study? Oxford students who are finishing an undergraduate/postgraduate course and continuing into further postgraduate study at Oxford may be eligible to have a Returning Students Card, which includes borrowing rights over the summer between your courses. For more information about this, please get in contact with us using the contact details listed below.

Library Displays: Dambudzo Marechera

Curated by Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Junior Research Fellow in African and Comparative Literature, St Anne’s College)

This term, we’ve highlighted a display that explores the life and works of Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera, whose time in Oxford produced great literature but was undeniably difficult. The display contains a combination of items from within the Bodleian’s collections and items from Dr Mushakavanhu’s own collection.

Previous Display: Literature in Translation, curated by Leah Brown (Graduate Trainee).
Upcoming Display: English Faculty Library Open Day

Vacation Loans

Vacation Loans for the Bodleian Libraries are in effect as of Monday 10th June. This means that any English Faculty Library Loans you borrow/renew after this date will not be due back until Tuesday 15th October (unless your library membership expires sooner – in which case, the due date will be the date of expiry).

This means you can take your loans home with you over the summer, without worrying that they’ll be called back to the library!

Please note: Loanable offsite items may or may not be eligible for vacation loaning. Ask at the desk for clarification when borrowing.

Opening Hours

The English Faculty Library will be transitioning to its Vacation Opening hours from Monday 17th June – Friday 11th October. The English Faculty Library will be open:

OPENING HOURS:
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

Fixed Closure Period

The English Faculty Library will be closed from:

CLOSURE PERIOD:
Monday 12th August – Monday 26th August (inclusive).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Service Update: Trinity Term 2024

Introduction

Who’s ready to get stuck in for the third and final term of the academic year? We at the library are ready for your arrival, so if you can make it through the April showers and find your way down to the EFL, we hope these regular service updates will to keep you in the know. Read on for collection updates, library displays, and more…

Collection Updates

Did you know that there are a lot of borrowable items in the Offsite Store? We’re in the process of sending some of our lesser-used books to the offsite storage, but fear not, you’ll still be able to call them up and take them home with you the very next day (usually)!

When requesting an item from the offsite storage, you have to select a delivery location. Use in Library only materials can be ordered to ‘Read at’ locations (which are coloured orange) – these allow you to read a book within a variety of different reading rooms. However, if you see lots green ‘Borrow from’ locations, you’ll be able to borrow the items – select one of these, and you’ll be able to take the item home with you!

Please note: Sometimes, only one green ‘borrow from’ location will appear. When you see this, this refers to an EFL copy which is currently out on loan. If you need the book in a hurry, this may not be your best option! If it’s ever unclear about what you’re ordering, please feel free to get in contact with us and we’ll do our best to help and explain. Our contact details are listed below.

A SOLO screenshot, showing orange 'Read At' delivery locations in a drop-down menu

‘Read at’ locations are shown in orange, and allow you to order in an offsite book to be read in the library.

A SOLO screenshot showing green 'borrow from' locations in a drop-down menu

‘Borrow from’ locations are shown in green, and allow you to order a book in from offsite to be borrowed at the library desk

Library Displays: Dambudzo Marechera

Curated by Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Junior Research Fellow in African and Comparative Literature, St Anne’s College)

This display explores the life and works of Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera, whose time in Oxford produced great literature but was undeniably difficult. The display contains a combination of items from within the Bodleian’s collections and items from Dr Mushakavanhu’s own collection. The timing also coincides with the unveiling of a new portrait of Marechera at New College; Dr Mushakavanhu will also speak at its unveiling.

Previous Display: Literature in Translation, curated by Leah Brown (Graduate Trainee).
Upcoming Display: Women in Science Fiction, curated by Leah Brown (Graduate Trainee).

Opening Hours

With the new academic term, the library will be transitioning to its term-time opening hours. From Saturday 20th April – Saturday 15th June, the English Faculty Library will be open:

Monday – Friday
9am – 7pm

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter): @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

Trinity Term is often rife with exams, deadlines, and the usual end-of-year stresses. If there’s anything that we can do at the library to make your studying, research, or reading any easier, please don’t hesitate to ask. If nothing else – we’ve always got desk space and free WiFi!

Service Update: Spring Vacation 2024

Introduction

Congratulations on making it through Hilary Term! Isn’t it nice to see the sun still up in the early evening? We hope you’ll be taking some well-earned rest this vacation – yes, even if you’re sticking around in Oxford. For those of you who will be making use of the libraries this vacation, we’ve got a few service updates to help you keep abreast of what’s changing in the library. Read on for collection updates, library displays, opening hours, and more!

Collection Updates: Catalogue Stand & Oversize Items

In preparation for our move the Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities in 2025, we’re reorganising and reclassifying some parts of our collections. At the moment, these reorganisations are mainly happening in the Catalogue Stand and the Oversize section. E.g. What’s ‘oversize’ for the shelves here in the EFL, might not necessarily be ‘oversize’ for the new shelves in the new library!

While these sections are being reorganised, you may not find everything exactly where you’d expect to. If you’re struggling to find anything, don’t be afraid to ask a member of staff.

Library Display: Literature in Translation

Feel free to stop by the library and have a look at our latest display on Literature in Translation, curated by our very own Graduate Trainee, Leah Brown! This display follows a timeline of translations: from the Trojan War and its wide variety of classic and modern retellings, through to 21st Century writer Han Kang, whose Korean works have been translated into English and have resonated internationally.

Previous Display: LGBTQ+ History Month 2024, curated by Sophie Lay (Senior Library Assistant for Reader Services) in collaboration with the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign
Upcoming Display: Dambudzo Marechera, curated by Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Junior Research Fellow in African and Comparative Literature, St Anne’s College)

Opening Hours

From Monday 11th March, we’ll be transitioning back to our vacation opening hours. The EFL will be open:

OPENING HOURS
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

Library Closure

The English Faculty Library will be closed for the duration of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, from:

CLOSURE PERIOD
Friday 29th March – Monday 1st April (inclusive)

Vacation Loans

Vacation Loans have come into effect from Monday 4th March. This means that anything you borrow or renew on or after this date will be due for return in the first week of Trinity Term (starting 22nd April). These can then be renewed as per the usual Bodleian rules (unless they’ve been requested by another reader, or have been on loan for 112 days).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter): @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

Whatever you’re needing this spring vacation – whether that’s the quiet study space to knuckle down or just a peaceful break – we hope you find it. And if there’s anything that we can do to make your studies or your research easier, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

LGBTQ+ History Month 2024 in the EFL

Three logos (LGBT+ History Month 2024, LGBTQ+ Oxford SU, and the Bodleian Libraries) on a pink background

This display was produced in collaboration between the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign and the English Faculty Library of the Bodleian Libraries

For LGBT+ History Month 2024, the English Faculty Library has collaborated with the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign to put together a book display! This display was created from suggestions made by Oxford’s very own LGBTQ+ community, and features descriptions written in their own words. You can come into the library to see the whole display laid out for February, or peruse the titles here are your leisure.

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New Books January 2024

January is over, the evenings are drawing out again, and we have another New Books post to celebrate! If you’re starting to flag with your New Year’s resolution to read more books (we’ve all been there), then perhaps one of these will take your fancy. We have a mix of poetry and prose, works from Indigenous authors, even some books on magic – quite the eclectic mix!

As always, if you want to keep track of the EFL’s latest acquisitions then you’re more than welcome to check out our New Books Display next to the Enquiry Desk. If you can’t make it into the EFL, or just want to see the bigger picture, then LibraryThing will be your new best friend!

And now, onto the books.

Owen Davies, Art of the Grimoire: An Illustrated History of Magic Books and Spells (2023)

We begin January’s New Books post with something a bit different, a picture book!   Okay, that’s a bit reductionist perhaps, as Art of the Grimoire is definitely a work of academic rigour. However, it is made accessible (and aesthetic) through the use of full-colour pictures with bitesize, but no less-detailed, accompanying explanations. Owen Davies takes you across time, geography, and genre with his clever use of material; this is a great introduction the magic across history or a refresher if you’re simply tired of reading (The horror! The horror!) and want something easier to digest. From yokai to the Necronomicon and even Coptic magic, this is a delight to the senses – get some knowledge whilst feeding the aesthete within you.

Alexis Wright, Praiseworthy (2023)

Praiseworthy by Alexis Wright (Waanyi) is an apocalyptic novel on an epic scale. Clocking in at over 700 pages, this may not be the lightest read but it certainly is worth it. Set in a post-climate change world (sounds familiar), a haze has settled across the town of Praiseworthy, Australia, bringing with it the reckoning of a myriad of intergenerational traumas affecting the Aboriginal inhabitants of the community and Australia at large. Each character stands not only on their own, but also as metaphors to critique and satirise the various ways in which society refuses to acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the original custodians of the land. Marrying together personal and historical, oral tradition and prose, this is a brilliant piece of mythic realism that’s not to be missed if you’re interested in the ongoing settler-colonialism within Australia, or ecocriticism in general.

Victoria MacKenzie, For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain (2023)

I’m sure many of our readers are familiar with Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich, but if not then here’s the tea. Margery was the brains behind The Booke of Margery Kempe written in the 1430s, widely considered to be the first autobiography, which details her pilgrimages and encounters with the divine throughout her life. Julian is a similarly religious figure from the same time period, although she chose to express her faith by devoting herself to life as an anchoress after she received visions from God – becoming her Revelations of Divine Love. The two met in real life according the Margery, with her seeking council from Julian, an encounter that this book hinges on. Rather than dismissing their divine visions as mental illness, MacKenzie treats them with compassion and tells us their stories in their own words, providing insight into the treatment of female mystics during the period in an accessible form.

Evelyn Araluen, Dropbear (2021)

We love Indigenous poetry, as you might have seen in our previous blogpost, and this time it’s coming from Australia, with thanks to Evelyn Araluen (Bundjalung). Her debut collection (and what a debut!) features a mix of stanzaic poetry, free verse, and prose, tackling everything from decolonisaton, to Australiana, and even the pandemic. Rather than divorcing herself from some of these difficult to navigate situations, Araluen acknowledges her own inevitable entanglement in them resulting in a deeply personal collection. Some highlights to get you started include: ‘The Inevitable Pandemic Poem’, ‘Bad Taxidermy’, and ‘The Trope Speaks’. There is grief and rage laced into the poems, but also moments of sentimentality and affection, and through it all a deep love for her community.

Ronald Hutton, The Witch: A History of Fear, From Ancient Times to the Present (2017)

Written by Ronald Hutton, a prolific scholar on the study of witchcraft, we come back again to magic and witchcraft. True to his word, Hutton doesn’t just focus on Europe and the witch trials that took place there, instead, he takes us on a detailed ethnographic survey all the way back to Mesopotamia and its demonology, to Coptic magic (for the second time!), finishing on Britain and its Celtic folklore as well. This is a thorough cross-cultural examination of witchcraft, and perhaps not for the faint-hearted, however it is an undeniably interesting area and a great counterpart to Art of the Grimoire if that interested you as well.

SOLO Tip: Finding a Specific Edition of a Work

Need to find a copy of a popular text, but are struggling to find the one with a specific editor or introduction? The English and Film Studies Subject Librarian, Helen Scott, has put together a handy-dandy how-to guide to help you navigate this on SOLO!


Use ‘Sort & Filter’ options in SOLO to locate a specific edition of a work.

Example: looking for Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, edited by Edward Copeland (Cambridge University Press)

Search SOLO for brief details, including the editor’s name, eg: ‘austen sense copeland’:

A SOLO screenshot of someone searching for 'austen sense copeland', with the filter set to 'Oxford Collections'

Note: The filter is set to ‘Oxford Collections’

Limiting the search to ‘Oxford Collections’ can help to make your search more targeted (but is only appropriate when searching for books, not when searching for articles).

The search results will show a ‘cluster’ of the different editions of Sense and Sensibility, with the edition you are looking for highlighted:

A SOLO screenshot of a search result for Sense and Sensibility - a copy with 88 versions

Note: The 88 versions of the title have been clustered together into one search result

Click on the title, to open up the cluster of 88 versions. The default will be date order, with the most recently published at the top. To find the Copeland edition, use the ‘Sort & Filter Results’ menu on the left-hand side, and open up the ‘Author/Creator’ options:

A SOLO screenshot of the clustered item opened to show all 88 results individually.

Note: You can filter the clustered results by ‘Author/Creator’ on the left hand side.

Click on the editor you are looking for and this will narrow the results accordingly:

A screenshot of the newly updated SOLO search results, now only showing the copies edited by Edward Copeland

Note: Now that the filter has been applied, only the copies edited by Edward Copeland are shown

By Helen Scott, English and Film Studies Subject Librarian

Service Update: Hilary Term 2024

Introduction

Dear readers, we’re slowly making our way back to term-time Oxford! The students are back, the Missing Bean will soon be open, and the EFL is ready and waiting to support you in all your research needs. We’ve compiled this short blog post of service updates to keep you informed about changes in the library. Happy reading!

Opening Hours

Late nights and Saturdays are back! From Saturday 13th January we are open:

Monday – Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 10am-1pm

Vacation Loans

All books that were borrowed for a vacation loan will be due back on Tuesday 16th January. These can be renewed as per the usual Bodleian rules (if they haven’t been requested by another reader and have been out for less than 112 days).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

Hilary Term has a sneaky habit of racing by. If you find yourself getting caught up in the swell of the term, don’t panic. Your friendly library team are always around to help out – pop by and see us or get in contact via one of the methods above. We look forward to seeing you back in the library soon!

New Books December 2023

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

We hope all of our readers had a warm and relaxing festive period (perhaps even making some progress through your to-be-read list) and are now ready to look forward to Hilary. We have once again had a brilliant selection of books pass through our processing table and onto the New Books Display – it’s been difficult to choose just five to highlight! To make things easier, this month we have gone with the theme of contemporary literature, some of which have only been published within the last few months. As ever, we encourage you to take a look at the display the next time you’re in the EFL as you will more than likely find a gem to take home with you. If you can’t get to the EFL, then there’s also our LibraryThing account where we add any new books that make their way to us.

With that said, onto the books!

Zadie Smith, The Fraud (2023)

It has been seven years since Smith’s last novel, Swing Time, and The Fraud has definitely been worth the wait. Set primarily during the 18th century trial of Roger  Tichborne (or a butcher from Wapping depending on who you ask), we follow Eliza Touchet, cousin to then-famous novelist William Ainsworth as she grapples with their past and her future. Two thirds through, the narrator switches to Bogle, Roger Tichborne’s page and supporter – a black man born to enslaved people in Jamaica. Smith explores the hypocrisy of the characters, and no one is spared – Eliza is an abolitionist, but her annuity is paid through her husband’s money made from slavery; Bogle wonders if the respectability he has had to change himself for makes him a fraud. An immersive read, and one that will get you thinking.

Jeanette Winterson, Nightside of the River (2023)

Perhaps in the tradition of mid-winter ghost stories, Winterson treats us to a new collection of short stories on hauntings. She doesn’t simply cover your classic haunted houses (although you will certainly find some in there), additionally, she looks to how new technology can equally be a hotbed for ghostly activity and what this might look like. Interspersed between the short stories are various anecdotes personal to Winterson, considering how she might haunt once she dies, her own experiences with ghosts, and how the future of hauntings might look. A great spooky selection, which simultaneously deals with grief and healing – if you’re a fan of works by M.R. James and his ilk then it’s not to be missed.

 

Tanya Tagaq, Split Tooth (2018)

(Content warning for depictions of sexual abuse and child abuse)

Split Tooth is Tagaq’s debut novel, in which we follow an Inuk woman through the 1970s and ‘80s as she grows up in the Canadian Arctic. Entwining myth, memoir, poetry, and art, this is a hauntingly raw book – as genre defying (or perhaps, melding) as Tagaq’s own music as an experimental Inuk throat singer. Through this mix of media, we encounter a community struggling through the effects of colonialism, where sexual abuse and substance use is the norm, but where there is still a hard beauty to the Canadian North and the folklore entwined with it. This is not a gentle book or an easy read by any means; it is thought-provoking, disconcerting, disturbing. But that’s the point.

 

Francis Spufford, Cahokia Jazz (2023)

Spufford treats us to an alternate history, in which Cahokia (a pre-colonial Mississipian city) was never abandoned, and instead became a flourishing (if gritty) city run by Takouma (what Native Americans are called in the novel). Set in the 1920s, a murder has been committed and it is up to our protagonist, Joe Barrow, to solve it before rioting from the Ku Klux Klan ruins the relative peace of Cahokia and tears the city apart. If you’re a fan of world-building, then you might enjoy this novel, particularly as it comes equipped with two maps of Cahokia to help visualise Barrow and his colleagues’ journey.

 

 

 

Yiyun Li, The Book of Goose (2022)

Much like Split Tooth, this is another novel that has an atmosphere of strangeness that permeates the narrative. The book follows the friendship of Fabienne and Agnès, from their childhood living in post-World War II France into adulthood, as narrated by Agnès herself. The two form something of a partnership: Fabienne creates fantastical, disturbing stories which she tells Agnès to write down, and eventually publish. Agnès becomes the face for the book upon Fabienne’s insistence and leaves Fabienne behind – physically at least. One cannot survive without the other, this is a story of friendship, obsession, and exploitation.

New Books November 2023

It’s been an eclectic mix of books this month – but then isn’t it always with the breadth of literature our readers study! There’s no common theme this month, unlike November, we have simply chosen some of our recent fiction additions to highlight.

As we enter winter vacation, our lending policies have changed slightly. From November 27th, all loanable books will be due back on January 16th – so you’ll have plenty of time to cosy up with a book during the festive period. You can find more information in this blog post, but if you have any further questions do feel free to send us an email or chat to us in-person at the Enquiries Desk.

With all that being said, onto the books!


Mourning Dove, Cogewea, The Half Blood: A Depiction of the Great Montana Cattle Range (1981)

You may notice that one of our recent displays at the EFL was on Native American literature (you can find pictures on our social media here). In that vein, Cogewea is aFront cover of 'Cogewea: The Half-Bloof' featuring a painting of an Indigenous woman looking over her shoulder on a traditional quilted background great addition to the EFL’s collections, not only as one of the first fiction novels written by an Indigenous woman but in the themes it covers as well. Mourning Dove (Okanogan) takes on the difficult task of writing a Western, a genre notorious for its disparaging depictions of Indigenous people – not to mention women. However, she manages this task magnificently, marrying together the Western genre with the internal struggle that Cogewea grapples with as someone who is caught between both Indigenous and White blood. Cogewea did not have an easy to path to publication: it was finished by Mourning Dove in 1912 but not published until 1927 (and only when her publisher was threatened with legal action). Even once published she was accused of not being the author! As November is Native American Heritage Month, I would challenge anyone to pick up a book written by an Indigenous author; if Cogewea intrigues you, you might also enjoy other Indigenous writing from the early 20th century such as Zitkála-Šá’s essays, or Waterlily by Ella Deloria.

Rebecca Stott, Dark Earth (2022)

Dark Earth covers a lightly trod period of historical fiction aimed at women, known to many as the Dark Ages (although I hasten to add that no medievalist would ever call itFront cover of 'Dark Earth' featuring an illustration of two women back to back, one holding a sword and the other flowers. this!). Set in approximately 500CE, post the Roman occupation of Britain, we follow two sisters – Blue and Isla – as they navigate being a woman in a world in which there’s little room for them; Stott depicting their respective gifts of herbalism and smithing as unacceptable for women in Anglo-Saxon society. After some serious personal and political upheaval (we won’t expand on that lest we get into spoiler territory), the sisters flee to the ruins of Londinium in order to survive the wrath of the merciless Seax Lord, Osric, and his son. However, they will have to leave the comfort of their found community in Londinium to save them. If you enjoy feministic retellings of history such as The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, you will likely enjoy this. However, if you want something to evoke the ghostly feeling of the ruins of Londinium, then perhaps you might be interested The Ruin, an elegy in the Exeter Book from 700-800CE describing the crumbling remains of a once great ancient city.

David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel (1981)

John Washington, our protagonist, is a black man and professor of history – not unlike the author himself. He is unwillingly thrown into uncovering the true circumstances ofFront cover of 'The Chaneysville Incident', featuring a papercut style illustration of a white candle on a background of orange and red his father’s death, using his training as a historian to piece together the clues while uncovering deeper, darker secrets along the way. Oscillating between the past and Washington’s present, we witness the multigenerational trauma of racism and slavery and how it affects how Washington perceives himself and his family history. It’s gripping from the very first page, a true must-read for anyone interested in the ongoing and complex history of racism in the United States, and how cultural identities are forged in the face this. If you enjoy Toni Morrison’s works, such as Song of Solomon, or Let us Descend by Jesmyn Ward, this might be the book for you.

Samanta Schweblin, Fever Dream (2014)

Translated from Spanish, a young woman lies dying in a rural Argentinian hospital. Her daughter is nowhere to be seen – instead a young boy named David is at her side, andThe front cover of 'Fever Dream', featuring an illustration of a horse where only the head is visible, covered up by the title and authors name in distorted text. she can’t shake the lingering feeling that she needs to remember what happened to her and her daughter. Some of the main themes of Fever Dream are parental anxiety, the effects of pesticides and industrial-scale farming, and the transmutation of the soul. If this sounds like a bizarre mixture of themes, perhaps even a fever dream, that would be because it is – and that suits the novel just fine. Told in dialogue, the book’s sparse prose is disorienting at times, adding to the relentless tension creeping in the background of the novel. It’s not quite a midwinter ghost story, but if you’re looking for something to leave you unsettled and looking over your shoulder this December, then this might be the book for you. Great for fans of The Grip of It by Jac Jemc or Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (which was quite literally written in a fevered state!)

Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (2015)

Station Eleven is a strange read in a post-Covid world, somewhat predicting the lead-up to lockdown in its opening chapters with hospital beds overflowing and conflictingFront cover of 'Station Eleven' featuring an illustration of a deer in silhouette, in a frame of plantlife with deserted buildings in the background reports on statistics. Luckily for us, however, we have fared slightly better than those in the book in which most of humanity has been wiped out by the Georgia Flu (loosely based on Swine Flu). St. John Mandel expertly weaves together the stories of a diverse mix of people across the decades following the pandemic, looking at the bonds of community that can form in the wake of disaster (because “survival is insufficient”) and how these communities can become twisted. A great read if you’re a fan of works like Severence by Ling Ma, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

(Nb. There are depictions of sexual violence so please proceed with care!)

 

Service Update – Winter Vacation 23/24

Introduction

Congratulations on finishing the first term of the academic year! The vacation is upon us, and it’s once again a good time for hot drinks, hunkering down, and hibernating (or, y’know, hiding at home/in a quiet corner of the library and reading).

For those of you who are new to Oxford this year, you may notice a couple of seasonal changes in library operations throughout the year. We’ll always outline them in these service updates. So kick back, get cosy, and happy reading.

Opening Hours

We’re changing back to our vacation opening hours for the duration of the winter vacation. From Monday 4th December – Friday 12th January, the English Faculty Library will be open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday – except for the closed period (see below).

Closure Period

The English Faculty Library will be closed from Friday 22nd December – Monday 1st January (inclusive).

During this time, our phones and email inbox will not be monitored. You’re welcome to leave us email queries which we will endeavour to respond to promptly upon reopening on Tuesday 2nd January. No loans will be due for return during this period.

Vacation Loans

Books that are borrowed on or after Monday 27th November are automatically on loan for the whole vacation. These will all be due for return on Tuesday 16th January (excepting members whose cards expire before this date). Aside from this, all normal loan policies apply.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

We know you’re all busy, but we do hope you find some time to relax a little over the holidays. Take care of yourselves – we look forward to seeing you again in the new year!