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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. Please stay at home unless your visit to the Library is absolutely essential.

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.

Hilary Term 2021 arrangements

At the moment there is no booking system in operation and the Library is open for drop ins for Queen’s students who have been given permission to return to the University.  The Library is not operating as normal and reflects the national lockdown that is in place. Reader spaces, which are restricted - will be available from 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday until further notice – these arrangements will be kept under active review.

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.

Please stay at home unless your visit to the Library is absolutely essential. 

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 service now available

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.

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 a designated collection point, located just outside the Library.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of books have been made available electronically via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Scheme. Books that we have a physical copy of that have been made available through this scheme can still be borrowed from the college library, but cannot be requested via SOLO. If you come across an item you wish to borrow from us and you don't see a request button, get in touch directly to request it.

Book returns

Please place any items you are returning in the boxes outside the Library. After quarantining, they will be processed and made ready for borrowing again.

Opening times

For now we are open 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday to select readers. 

Access and COVID-19 arrangements
  • Place any items you do not need for your work in the lockers provided. These will need to be removed when you leave and the locker wiped down with a wipe so that is safe for the next person to use. Nothing can be left in the Library.
  • 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.
  • Use of face masks is mandatory in all enclosed spaces unless you are exempt from wearing one.
  • 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
External Researchers

The Library and the archives remain closed to external researchers but enquiries can be sent 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.