Libraries

Univ LibraryUniv Library in Michaelmas Term 2020

In Michaelmas Term 2020 University College Library reopened following a prolonged closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Library staff will be working on site and remotely but can be contacted during normal office hours via email: library@univ.ox.ac.uk.

The main reading room of the New Library in 10 Merton Street will be open from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday. Due to the need for social distancing capacity is limited, and seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis. The Group Study Rooms and the Law Library can be booked for three-hour slots between 10am and 10pm using the form available on the Intranet, but can also be used on a drop-in basis if there are no bookings.

The Old Library’s upper floor (the Poynton Reading Room) is open Monday to Friday, 9am-12noon and 2pm-5pm. Social distancing means that numbers will be limited, and desks are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Browse-and-borrow is available in both libraries during opening hours. You can find books on the shelves and issue them to yourself at the self-issue terminals located in both libraries. Click-and-collect continues to operate for the following: Mathematics & Computation, Physics & Engineering, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology, and Modern Languages. If you require books from the shelves for the above subjects please email the Library team.

The reading rooms in both libraries and the group study rooms are cleaned daily, but readers are encouraged to use the cleaning products provided to wipe down surfaces before and after use.

An updated version of the Library rules has been emailed to students and is also available on the Intranet. Please make sure that you have read and are familiar with these before you use the Library. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact the Library Team.

We can 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.

Please regularly check your email and the Intranet for Library updates, as the rules may change during term. We are also posting useful pieces of information to our social media pages as they become available, so keep an eye out for notifications from @univlib on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Univcat is where you can search for physical resources in Univ Library. At the moment we are operating a click-and-collect service. Please see below under “Search for a book” on how this will work. We ask you not to take material off the shelves when you are in the reading rooms.

Fortunately, 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.

Univ Library may seem a little different at the moment, but that doesn’t mean learning and research will stop. We will continue to be your first point of call when it comes to finding resources and remember that we are always here to help you with your library-related queries.

Old Library exterior at University College OxfordAbout Univ’s 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.

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