Do you know the name of your course or period paper? Check these and their reading lists if available on the English Faculty pages in WebLearn. (N.B. WebLearn can only be accessed by members of the University of Oxford with a valid Single Sign-On username and password.) The MSt reading lists are included in the current course handbook also available via WebLearn.
Use SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) to search all of Oxford's libraries for books, journals (both print and electronic) and other resources in any Oxford library. Restrict your search to English Faculty Library to see what is held in the EFL. The Bodleian Libraries' guide to SOLO provides more detail on searching and managing your library account.
When searching the catalogue, you may find useful printed resources which are held in the Bodleian Libraryís closed stack (the Book Storage Facility in Swindon which holds 8 million items). These can be requested to the EFL by placing a "hold".
Scan & Deliver
Instead of requesting the physical item to a reading room, you can request scans of journal articles or book chapters direct to your desktop.
If the book or article you need is not in Oxford, you can order it from another library on inter-library loan. You can also contact the English Subject Librarian to recommend that a book is purchased for the EFL or the Bodleian Library.
If you need high-quality photographic prints, paper prints and digital files held in the Bodleian Libraries.
A variety of sessions cover topics relating to searching SOLO, literature searching, citation management and use of electronic resources.
Printed collectionsUse the EFLís library floor plan to navigate your way around our printed collections. We also provide further help in searching for and accessing:
• Journals and journal articles
• Dissertations and theses
For more detailed help in tracking down resources use the online resource guides created by Oxford's librarians on the LibGuides platform.
The English Faculty Library is primarily a lending library and most of our books can be borrowed. All journals and some books are for library use only. Read these in the library or photocopy/scan an article or chapter to take home. The EFL often has multiple copies of books on reading lists, plus an electronic (ebook) version in some cases. If all the print copies are currently on loan, place a "hold" or reservation for a copy on SOLO.
The Upper Reading Room in the Old Bodleian Library houses the main open-shelf primary source collections for English (shelfmark A). The upper reading room of the Radcliffe Camera (Upper Camera) holds mainly secondary sources for all taught courses (shelfmark SE). The Gladstone Link is a more informal reading room housing an interdisciplinary open-shelf collection for the Humanities, including periodicals.
You will be using libraries and possibly archives to locate sources and critical materials, whether locally or elsewhere, so it is worthwhile honing your search skills and learning about more useful finding aids. The EFLís substantial collections of rare books (7500 pre-1850 titles) and 19th and 20th century literary journals (all listed on SOLO) are a good starting point, but postgraduate students will certainly need to use the manuscripts and rare books collections of the Bodleian Library at some point.
Undergraduates and taught postgraduates can also apply to use these collections by completing the Request to access to Bodleian Special Collections form (pdf), but you should first consult the information about undergraduate and taught postgraduate access to these collections on the Special Collections website, in order to plan your visit.