Reading rooms

The Old Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera offer reading rooms for the consultation of printed book material. There are three reading rooms in the Old Bodleian and two in the Radcliffe Camera. The two buildings are connected by the Gladstone Link, an underground reader space. Material housed in these reading rooms can be located using SOLO, the library catalogue. Information on the services and facilities offered for readers with disabilities can be found on the accessibility information page.

The Old Bodleian Library

The Lower Reading Room is home to the Main Enquiry Desk, a useful first point of call for anyone new to using the Library or who needs help using the catalogues or resources. It is the principal reading room for all those studying Classics, Theology and Patristics, and Philosophy. It is also houses some General Reference material.

The Upper Reading Room is the principal research reading room for access to printed books published after 1640 in the subject fields of Medieval and Modern History, History of Science, English Language and Literature. It is a spacious reading room with a large number of study seats and with a dedicated staff desk, and so is a good choice for those reading collections from storage with no subject link to Bodleian Library collections.

Duke Humfrey's Library holds collections supporting higher-level studies in the Humanities. It offers seating in silent study conditions and an historic setting, though readers should be aware certain restrictions apply in using this room.

The Gladstone Link

The Gladstone Link offers readers a different and more flexible environment to work in, with areas designed to support group work and quiet discussion, as well as independent study. Though not a reading room in the traditional sense, this reader space links the Old Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera, increasing the size of the collection available on open access and the number of study places. The Gladstone Link also houses the Personal Development Collection, inspired and donated by Mr Po Chung.

Since the re-location of the History Faculty Library into the Radcliffe Camera, the Upper level of the Gladstone Link houses some of the History Faculty Library's main lending collection, which continues there from the Lower Camera Reading Room.

The Radcliffe Camera

The Lower Camera Reading Room holds the initial part of the History Faculty Library's main lending collection, which continues in the Gladstone Link. Staff at the circulation desk can support both users of the HFL collections and also the Bodleian Library material housed in the Upper Camera Reading Room and the Gladstone Link.

The Upper Camera Reading Room holds the Bodleian teaching collections for History and English, as well as its open shelf collection of Film Studies material. The History Faculty Library staff office is located in this reading room. It also holds the History Faculty Library's Undergraduate Set Text reference collection.

Special Collections material

Since the opening of the Weston Library, readers wishing to use special collections material can do so in the Weston Library reading rooms.

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