May I use all the libraries in Oxford?

There are about 100 libraries at Oxford University, although many are restricted to particular users.

College libraries

These libraries cover all subjects taught at a particular college and have items from reading lists available to borrow. They also open long hours and offer a quiet, friendly place to study in college. You can only use the library at your own college, not libraries at other colleges.

Bodleian Libraries Group

These are the University's main libraries such as the Bodleian, Law Library, Sackler Library, Radcliffe Science Library and many large lending libraries like the Social Sciences Library and the English Faculty Library. Collectively they are referred to as the 'Bodleian Libraries'. They hold most of the books, journals, reports, maps, newspapers etc you will ever need! Subject specialist librarians at the Bodleian Libraries can answer questions about the collections. You may use any of the Bodleian Libraries for your studies. Remember to always bring your University card to the library as you will need this to gain entry. The libraries which hold most of the books relevant to you will depend on your course; to find these out see: 'Which libraries cover my subject?'.

Departmental libraries

These are small, specialist libraries, such as the Earth Sciences Library, which can only be used by members of a particular department. They may also be restricted to use by postgraduate students and staff.

Electronic books and journals

Thousands of books and journals are available online. All full members of the University can access these 24/7 from any computer/device on or off campus via their Single-Sign On passwords. For help with passwords see: 'What passwords do I need?'

Which libraries should I use?

The number of libraries available at Oxford might seem overwhelming, but don't worry! You can quickly find the libraries holding books and journals that best cover your degree course by using the library search, see: 'Which libraries cover my subject?'