Our collections

The Library and its collections

The English Faculty Library was founded in 1914 and exists primarily to serve the needs of all those reading and teaching English at Oxford. For many years it was housed in the attic of the Examination Schools before moving into the purpose-built St. Cross Building in 1965.

The library holds over 110,000 volumes and subscribes to around 80 current print journals, all of which are on open access. It also holds a large collection of mainly 19th century journals and provides access to many more online journals and ebooks via SOLO.

Closed access material such as 18th and 19th century journals, rare books, and special collections is fetched on demand, usually within 10 minutes. The library's substantial audio-visual collections consist mainly of Shakespeare plays, recordings of poetry and films.

Books, journals and audio-visual materials are all catalogued on SOLO, the library catalogue covering the majority of the University's  Library collections. If you search for the title you require on SOLO, you can limit your results by 'book', 'journal' or 'audio visual' material. Most books, except those in special collections are available for loan to registered borrowers.

If there is an item which you think should be added to the collection, please fill out the online recommendation form.

The Bodleian Library is the major research library for English language and literature in Oxford. For further information about English at the Bodleian Library, read the subject web page

EFL Film Collection

For details of our film collections, please consult our Film Studies web pages.

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