Service Update: Trinity Term 2024


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

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:
  • ‘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!

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