Service Update: Michaelmas Term, 2022


A warm 0th-week welcome to new and returning library users! We hope you had a pleasant and restful summer. Here are a few pointers to help orientate you for Michaelmas Term.

Welcome sessions

A number of Bodleian Libraries welcome sessions are running Wednesday to Friday of this week (5th-7th October). We recommend new English undergraduates attend the following:

  • Central welcome webinars (Online, Microsoft Teams)
  • English Faculty Library Tours (In-person, English Faculty Library)

Further details about these sessions have been circulated to new cohorts via email and relevant information is available on the webpage below:

Getting started: Undergraduates and taught postgraduates | Bodleian Libraries (

Library training sessions

In-person library training sessions for English students are being timetabled for the term, with details due to be circulated to relevant cohorts ahead of time via email.

Getting to grips with the library

New library users are encouraged to read the ‘Using’ tab of the English Faculty Library’s webpage prior to visiting:

Using the English Faculty Library | Bodleian Libraries (

Information on support for disabled readers is available here:

Services for disabled readers | Bodleian Libraries (

The English Faculty Library is located in the St Cross Building, which is home to other University Faculties and Departments. On approach, follow signs for reception and you will find the library entrance adjacent to the reception desk. The building can be found using Oxford’s searchable map. Floorplans are also available. See the Access Guide for the St Cross Building for information on step-free routes and accessibility facilities throughout the building.

Reclassification project

The library’s reclassification project is ongoing. Over the summer we hit a big milestone, reclassifying all of our main open-shelf in-house sequence to the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. Information about the scheme and finding items in the library is available on our Finding EFL Items LibGuide.

Returning readers may notice that the location of some items in the Ground Floor Reading Room has changed. Signs and maps in the library have been updated to reflect these changes and staff are available at the help desk for guidance.

ALMA postponed

In a previous service update, we shared details of a planned migration to a new Library Management System called ALMA. This migration has been postponed until the Long Vacation after Trinity Term 2023.

Contact us

Readers who require help or who have any questions concerning the above are warmly invited to contact the library directly using the details on our webpage:

English Faculty Library | Bodleian Libraries (

Best wishes for the term ahead!

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