Univ Library during Michaelmas term 2021
During Michaelmas, University College Library (The Old Library, the New Library and Group Study rooms in 10 Merton Street) will be open 24/7. Library staff will be working flexibly, both on site and remotely, but can always be contacted during normal office hours via email: Library@univ.ox.ac.uk.
Seating at desks is available on a first-come-first-served basis, but if you have any special requirements or access needs, please let us know. There are 40 desks available in the main reading room of the New Library. In the Group Study Rooms (10 Merton Street), where there are 18 desks, can be used on a drop-in, first-come-first-served basis. There are 56 desks across the two floors of the Old Library. On the ground floor of the Old Library there was two reader PCs which can be used by logging in with your SSO.
Browse-and-borrow is available in both libraries. You can find books on the shelves and issue them to yourself at the self-issue terminals located in both libraries by scanning your Bod. card and the items you wish to borrow. If you cannot find anything please drop in to one of the offices or email the Library Team. We can also help you find resources online and answer a variety of other queries so please do feel free to contact us with any queries about library-related matters.
The reading rooms in both libraries and the group study rooms will be cleaned regularly, but readers are encouraged to use the cleaning products provided to wipe down surfaces before and after use. While mask wearing is not mandatory, it is recommended, particularly as we enter the cold and ‘flu season. Please also try to keep windows open as much as possible to allow for good ventilation.
Please familiarise yourself with the Library rules which can be found on the noticeboards outside the libraries and on the intranet. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact the Library Team.
Univcat is where you can search for physical resources in Univ Library. Please note that Univ’s modern collections do not show up on SOLO.
All our students and academics have access to the Bodleian Library which has a huge wealth of online and eResources. SOLO is the main tool for searching the Bodleian’s collections. In addition to helping you find resources available in the Bodleian, SOLO will help you find databases, scholarly reviews, theses, and much, much more.
For help on finding resources at the Bodleian, or for information on using their reading rooms, go to Oxford LibGuides and look for your subject. The LibGuide for your subject will tell you what’s available and how to get hold of it. There is also a LibGuide for the databases to which Oxford subscribes. This webpage will help you to get started using the Bodleian and its many resources.
About the Libraries
Univ Library support undergraduate and graduate study with around 60,000 books as well as access to the University’s e-resources. The Library offers a fast book request service, generous book allowances and loan periods, and professional staff on hand to help. The Library team is keen to provide any additional assistance and support to students who may require this due to disability or illness.
The Old Library, situated in a Victorian building next to the Hall, houses Modern Languages, Philosophy, English, Classics, History and the hard sciences (Maths, Computation, Physics, Engineering, Earth Science, and the Biomedical Sciences). The New Library, which opened in October 2016 is in 10 Merton Street, and contains Law, Politics, Economics, Music, and collections about Oxford, College, and books by and about Old Members.
The Library has a generous budget for text books, but also provides a collection of books on study skills, writing essays, and staying healthy. In addition, students can make use a range of “extras” such as book-stands, whiteboards, molecular models, and page colour overlays, to name a few. We also have subject-specific items like Obadiah, our life-size skeleton, a model brain, molecular models, and a collection of Shakespeare DVDs. To borrow any of these items please email email@example.com
UNILANG (United Nations’ International Languages Aware New Graduates) is a collection of language learning resources administered by the Library. It is aimed at assisting with the development of language skills, and covers five of the UN’s six official spoken languages of French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese (the sixth language being English). Resources for Italian and Turkish are also available. These resources are available from the Library offices.
Students can keep up to date with what’s happening in our Libraries via regular social media posts on Twitter. The Librarians and Archivist promote Univ’s historic collections through various classes, exhibitions, and the regular “Treasures” feature on our News and Features page.
Search for a Book
To find a book in the Library go to one of the machines marked Library Catalogue or go to Univcat from an internet browser. The search results will tell you what is available and where to find it. Make a note of the code next to “class”, usually a combination of two to three letters of the alphabet, e.g. “MHR/THO”. This will tell you the location of a book and there are maps in the reading rooms to help you locate the subject sections. If you cannot find a book or need any help searching, call in at one of the offices during office hours or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 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. During the course of further studies he found he was spending a lot of time in libraries so took up employment in the Wills Memorial Library at the University of Bristol. Phil has been in the Univ. Library since 2016, but also worked for several years, in the Bodleian Music Faculty Library. He is now only at Univ. as Assistant Librarian, a post he took up in May 2019. He holds a PhD in Musicology and History from the University of Bristol, and sings in several choirs around Oxford, plays cricket for the Bodleian C.C., and flits around on a bicycle.
Library Assistant: Hannah Thompsett
Hannah began her career in libraries when she was 12, as library prefect at her middle school, although admittedly it was more an excuse to get out of being on the playground in the cold! Almost a decade later, after she had completed a BA in English Literature and Ancient History at Cardiff University, she spent a year in Greece working as the Library Research Assistant at the British School at Athens and fell back in love with the job. She then worked at the Codrington Library, All Souls College as a library trainee, taking part in training sessions as part of the Bodleian trainee scheme. She has been at Univ since September 2019 as Library Assistant, and in October 2019 began studying towards a Library and Information Services Management MA, distance learning through the University of Sheffield.
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.