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Trinity Term arrangements

The library will be open and staffed from 9am - 10pm seven days a week. During these hours the Upper Library will be open. The New and Lower libraries are accessible on a 24 hour basis.

Given the pressure on Library spaces during Trinity Term the following system will be in operation from  19 April –  17 June – seven days a week.

Desks will be cleared at the following times – unless there is someone actively working at the desk:

  1. Early morning shortly after the first member of staff arrives - this will be between 8:30am and 9:00am
  2. 2:30pm
  3. Between 9:30pm – 10:00pm

NO notes, NO exceptions.

  • Unattended items will be cleared onto the nearest shelves so that the space is available for someone else to use.
  • Please do not try and secure a reader space by leaving your bag at the desk.
  • Place items in lockers when not in use or take with you.
  • Lockers will be cleared on Monday morning – please collect a Post- It note from the enquiries desk and stick on the front of the locker on Sunday evening or Monday before 9:15am to indicate that the locker should not be cleared.

Do not come to the library if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

Please remember that the Queen’s Library is for Queen’s members only, do not bring in guests to view the Upper Library without prior permission from a member of the Library staff. The Library reader spaces are for Queen’s members only, do not bring non-members of Queen’s to work in the Library at any time – anyone found doing this will be contacted and further disciplinary action might result as a consequence.

Lockers are available for use. Printing facilities have been reinstated, though we ask only one person uses the copier room at a time. Seating has returned to normal capacity.

If you wish to book the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) you can do this by emailing with a minimum of 12 hours notice. MPR slots can be booked for up to three hours at a time. You may introduce up to five students from other colleges to work with you in the MPR, details of names and colleges will be required when booking and as lead booker you will be held responsible for the use of the room for the booked period. No food at any time but drinks in secure lidded containers are permitted.

Shelf browsing and self issue have been reinstated, but we will still be offering click and collect too.

If you have any queries then please email or ring 01865 279130/7, or pop to the enquiry desk located in the New Library (basement level).

Once your books become overdue you will not be able to use the online facility for renewal and will need to email or come to the Library and talk to a member of the Library team.

If you have books on loan you will be sent a series of automated reminders prompting you to take some action. If you receive an email saying a book you have on loan has been requested by another reader you will not be able to renew it and will need to bring it back to the Library as soon as possible.

If you think you have returned your books but are still being asked to return them please email so we can check the shelves.

If books are outstanding on your account at the end of term and we have not heard anything from you then we will assume that the books are lost and you will be issued with an invoice for their replacement which will be charged on your batells.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask and we will do our best to help you.

Click & Collect 

Most items that are currently available to borrow from the Queen’s Library can be requested on SOLO. You will need to sign into SOLO using your Single Sign-On then click on the “Click & Collect” button to initiate your request. You may request up to 5 items at any one time. Once these requests have been fulfilled, you can request a further 5 and so on – up to a maximum of 30 books. 

Please note that the click and collect service is monitored twice daily between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday - requests made after approx. 2pm on a Friday and over the weekend will be processed the following Monday.

Once Library staff have processed your request and the item(s) are available for loan, you will receive an email indicating that they are ready for collection and at what time. Please do not come to the Library before you are advised to do so. Books should be collected from the designated collection point, located just outside the Library.

Book returns

Please place any items you are returning in either the drop box outside the library, or in either of the return bins by the self issue machines (one in the Lower Library and one in the New Library).

External Researchers

There is some capacity to accommodate external researchers. Please direct enquiries to or (for the Archive), and we will pleased to help where we can.

Work spaces

You can choose to work in the 19th century Lower Library or be inspired by the stunning 17th century Upper Library, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful reading rooms in Oxford (and the wider world).  In Spring 2017 the New Library, situated underneath the Provost’s Garden, was opened, providing a light-filled space befitting the 21st century.

We are responsive to student requirements and our large and constantly changing lending collection of 50,000 books reflects this. Students also have access to a diverse range of electronic resources which can be accessed via your own equipment or the library’s public access terminals. Combined with our generous lending policies, the College library is the starting point for your access to Oxford’s world renowned library service.

The friendly library team are on hand during staffed hours to answer your enquiries and help you get the best out of our resources. New readers may also find the Bodleian Libraries introductory webpages useful, as a guide to using resources across Oxford more widely.