The library is on the first floor of 15 Norham Gardens, up a flight of external stairs. There is an alternative entrance to the building on the ground floor with a lift. People with difficulties using the stairs are welcome to use this route into the library: please let us know in advance of your visit so that we can activate your card. Ring us on 01865 (2)74028, or email

One of our reading rooms (the Education Reading Room) is up 3 steps from the main reading room, and the top shelves of our bookcases may require the use of ladders or kicksteps. Please ask staff if you would like assistance in fetching books. You can also arrange for another reader to collect and return your books on your behalf from the library.

We have a bookable group study space, the Resources Room, which contains computers and a height-adjustable desk. You are welcome to book it via this page to use as a quiet study space.

We offer extended loans of our normal loan books of a month at a time with unlimited renewals as long as no one else requests the book - just let us know if this would be helpful. You will also find that many of our resources are available as ebooks and can be read from anywhere. We have printing, photocopying and scanning facilities available via the PCAS system.

The Bodleian Libraries information for disabled readers provides more detail about accessibility in the Education Library and other Bodleian Libraries.

More information about disability support for students is available via the Disability Advisory Service. More information for University staff is available via Caroline Moughton, the Staff Disability Advisor.


Layout of the library

  • Main Reading Room: main library area, computers, and middle of main book sequence
  • Education Reading Room: continuation of main book sequence, computers, individual desks
  • Reference Reading Room: reference material: journals, dissertations and theses; beginning of book sequence
  • Resources Room: bookable group study area, variety of computers (PCs and Macs), height adjustable desk. To book it, please go to this page.
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