Libraries and Archives


 Around 60,000 books supporting both undergraduate and graduate study
• A fast book-request service; books are often available within a day
• Generous book allowances and loan periods
• 24-hour access and self-service borrowing
• A comfortable, friendly place to work with a supportive community of other students
• Access to wi-fi and all of the University’s e-resources
• Special collections and archives
• Up-to-date library information through Facebook and Twitter
• Group study rooms available for drop-in sessions or by making a booking
• Books on study skills, writing essays, and staying healthy
• Library ‘extras’ including: Obadiah, our life-size skeleton, a collection of Shakespeare DVDs, a brain, and molecular models, book stands, white boards and markers, ear-plugs, cushions and vases for your carnations during exams

Find out more about the history of Univ's Library here or explore numerous features on Univ's Treasures here.


Visiting the Library

The Library is open to current members 24 hours a day for most of the year. Old Members are welcome to visit the Library with their friends and family during normal working hours. Visitors who are not Current or Old Members of Univ are requested to make an appointment via email. Appointments are available from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on weekdays, with some restrictions at busy times of the year.

The Library. University College. High Street. Oxford. OX1 4BH
T:  +44(0)1865 276 977 (New Library) +44(0)1865 276 621 (Old Library)
Intranet services can be accessed here (site opens in new window.)


Search for a Book

You can use our online catalogue (UnivCat) here (site opens in new window) - Please note that Univ’s books do not appear on SOLO.  The only Univ books you’ll find there are our early printed books.


The College Archives

The Archives of University College contain documents relating to many aspects of the College’s history, some of which go right back to its 13th century origins. To find out more about what the Archives contain, contact our Archivist, Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith via email here or see our Archives pages here.


Library and Archive Staff

College Librarian: Elizabeth Adams
Following a number of gap years, Elizabeth studied Library and Information Science at Curtin University and Latin at the University of Western Australia. A voluntary position cataloguing pre-1800 books at the New Norcia Benedictine Community led to several years working on antiquarian projects based in the Bodleian Library. Having worked briefly at Univ in 2002 as part of the Early Printed Books Project, Elizabeth was pleased to return to take up the Assistant Librarian post during the long vacation of 2009, followed by that of Librarian in September 2011. Outside the Library Elizabeth spends time promoting and practising the inky craft of letterpress printing through her private press, Juxon Press, and as a committee member of the Oxford Guild of Printers.

Assistant Librarian: Emily Green
With a BA in Classical Studies, Emily first became interested in a career in librarianship whilst working as a Library Assistant at Durham University Library.  Following a library and archives traineeship at Magdalen College, Oxford, she returned to university to study for the MSc Econ in Information & Library Studies at Aberystwyth. Returning to Oxford, Emily worked as Assistant Librarian and College Archivist at St. Catherine’s College before joining the team at Univ in August 2013.

Library Assistant: Phil Burnett
After completing his schooling in Cape Town, Phil went to Rhodes University where he completed a BA in Law and German, followed by an Honours degree in Music, and then a P.G.C.E. A stint teaching school music was followed by an MA in Musicology at Bristol. Finding that he was spending a lot of time in libraries he took up employment in the Wills Memorial Library at the University of Bristol until he was appointed to the Bodleian Music Faculty Library in 2016 where he now works in addition to his post at Univ. Also a PhD candidate in Musicology and History at the University of Bristol, he now spends all his time in libraries, but when he gets outside he sings in several choirs, is a locum organist, enjoys a game of cricket with the Bodleian C.C., and flits around on a bicycle.

College Archivist: Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith
Robin read Classics at Univ as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate, and then trained as an Archivist at the University of Liverpool. He then returned to Oxford, first of all to catalogue the papers of Benjamin Jowett at Balliol and then to work at the Oxfordshire Record Office. Robin has been Archivist of Univ since 1993, but from 1996-2016 he was also Archivist of Magdalen College. He is now Archivist both of Univ and of Jesus College, and divides his time between those two Colleges. He is normally at Univ on Mondays and Tuesdays (01865 276952). Robin’s publications include “A History of University College, Oxford”, published by OUP in 2008, and "The Early Records of University College, Oxford", published in 2016.

Contact Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith:
T: +44(0)1865 276952