Support for undergraduates and taught postgraduates

Help for students

Using the English Faculty Library

Here are some quick links to help you get started using the library.  If you have any questions please contact us

• Location
• Opening hours
• Finding books in the English Faculty Library
• Borrowing books
• Reserving books
• Report a book missing from the shelves
• Recommending books for the library to buy
• Using computers
• Printing, copying and scanning
• Passwords
• Help

Reading Lists

Find help with accessing your reading list and locating the items you need for your studies.

Beyond the reading list

For more guidance on finding information sources not on your reading list, visit the Oxford LibGuides for your subject and check out the additional resources and finding aids listed on our Beyond the reading list page.

Help and assistance

All our library staff are available to help. Please do ask at the Issue/Enquiry Desk if you require any help, or see our contact details page for other ways to get in touch.

The Bodleian Libraries and the EFL provide extensive training for students in locating and accessing information relevant to their studies. See our Information Skills Training pages for details. You can also arrange a one-to-one session with the English Subject Librarian. 

Book the English Subject Librarian
For complex or research enquiries, individuals can book a one-to-one session ( Sessions can be used to discuss and solve library-related problems, explore printed and e-resources and library services, and improve information searching skills, etc.

Further details are available outlining our services for readers with disabilities.

Inductions and Training

Check for a list of courses which can help you improve your searching techniques, knowledge of useful electronic resources, and how to cite your references.

iSkills Workshops and other courses for English

All students can attend iSkills workshops. Further details about forthcoming sessions and online booking are available at

Some individual workshops are designed for particular groups (for example researchers or postgraduates). Check the workshop descriptions for more details.

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