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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. Face coverings must be worn unless you are exempt.

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.

Trinity Term 2021 arrangements

There is no booking system in operation this term. The Library is open for drop ins for Queen’s students who have been given permission to return to the University. Reader spaces, which are restricted - will be available from 10:00am - 10pm Monday - Friday, and 10am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Please be considerate of your peers and do not block desks with your belongings if you are leaving the library for longer than an hour. Please take all your belongings with you if you are taking more than a short break so that the desk is available for someone else to use. 

Face coverings must be worn at all times whilst in the library, unless you are exempt. Library staff will ask you to leave if you fail to comply with this rule. If you wish to notify us in confidence about an exemption then please contact us using the details below.

The one way system has been reinstated - if you are working in the New Library or come downstairs to use the facilities please be sure to leave via the fire exit before re-entering the library via the main entrance.

Lockers are not in use this term - 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 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. 

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.

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-10pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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.
  • 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
  • Under no circumstances can you bring friends from other colleges or visitors into the library
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.