Take a seat: study areas in the SSL

Man Reading Book and Sitting on Bookshelf in Library

We have a variety of study areas and types of desk that you can choose from:

  • Opening plan seating
  • Partitioned seating
  • Comfortable seating area
  • Individual study desks
  • Study carrels
  • 3 Social Science Graduate study rooms
  • 2 Group discussion rooms                                                                               (available to be booked by members of the Social Science Division)
  • 2 Height adjustable desks

We also have a newly purchased standing desk that you might want to try out. This is located next to the Q-Step Centre Teaching Lab.

The desks in our IT Training Room are also available for you to use (close the lids of the desks to stow away the computer equipment)

Want to use one of our computers?


The SSL has 52 networked PCs for use by readers with a University or Bodleian Libraries card.

30 are located in our main computer area near the issue desk, 21 in our IT Training Room (available for use when a training session is not taking place), and our last PC is in our photocopier room.

Want to use your laptop in the library?

Wifi is also available throughout the library. You will need to connect your laptop or mobile device to the Bodleian-Libraries network and enter your Library card login.

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