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There are some very different arrangements now in place, to enable current members of College to use the Library where permitted.

We are trialling new arrangements, so please refer back to this page for further updates, and bear with us as we adapt.  Hand sanitiser and wipes will be available – please use these responsibly when using the Library. No printing facilities will be available. Seating remains at a very reduced capacity.

Joining us for Michaelmas 2021? See the link to 'Getting Started with Oxford Libraries' on the right for more information.

Long Vacation arrangements

The library will be open and staffed from ~9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. During these hours the Upper Library will be open. The New and Lower libraries are accessible to college members only on a 24 hour basis.

The college has implemented a new policy on face coverings which we ask you to consider when using the library:

“Face coverings can help to reduce the transmission of covid-19. The College does not require you to wear a face covering, but encourages you to consider doing so in shared indoor spaces, particularly when they are crowded and you are with people who you do not normally meet.”

Lockers are not in use  - please do not leave any belongings in the library as this poses additional risk for our scouts who are working hard to keep the library clean, safe and operational. 

We are offering click and collect and scanning services but our aim is to maintain a zero contact/remote service provision as far as possible. Please make full use of online resources.

If you have any queries then please email library@queens.ox.ac.uk or ring 01865 270130/7.

Our Library staff are available for advice or help – please contact them by email on library@queens.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 279130 (79130).

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 the boxes outside the Library. 

Access and COVID-19 arrangements
  • Please wipe down your desk, light switch and chair with the wipes provided and place the used wipe in the bin provided. Do the same when you vacate the space.
  • You are encouraged to remain seated and not wander around, except to visit the toilet, during your visit. 
  • Please do not touch any of the books on the shelves – if you need any assistance, please talk to a member of the Library staff.
  • Do not come to the library if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please see the following links for information on safe working practices in the Upper Library, the Lower Library and the New Library and Multipurpose Room
  • Under no circumstances can you bring friends from other colleges or visitors into the library
External Researchers

There is some capacity to accomodate external researchers. Please direct enquiries to library@queens.ox.ac.uk or (for the Archive) michael.riordan@queens.ox.ac.uk, 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.