Help for Oxford Librarians

Library provision

UG and Taught PG Reading lists are on the History Faculty students' weblearn siteSet texts are listed first in reading lists for UG Optional Subjects (OS), Further Subjects (FS) and Special Subjects (SS). Note that revisions may be published in Supplements to the UG Handbooks.

If you can't access the History Faculty WebLearn site, inform who can ask your name to be added.

The HFL aims to list changes to reading lists on this page and email the CCL rep details of books which might be useful also in college libraries.

Contact Rachel D'Arcy-Brown (, 01865 277264) concerning any queries regarding reading list provision.

Digitised texts

The HFL has scanned selected Set Texts and secondary material for a number of UG courses though not all. These are made available as pdfs in HFL Weblearn > degree > course.

Contact Rachel D'Arcy-Brown (, 01865 277264) concerning any queries regarding access to HFL WebLearn. 

Spotting important history books

Hotlist reports and short loan reports are available on HFL WebLearn > Resources for college librarians (SSO required).

Suggest a book online: HFL Book Recommendation - BOD Book Recommendation

Guides to History resources

A collection of guides to resources for historians is available online. They will be moved to LibGuides over time.

See our History eBooks page for an overview of relevant eBook packages.

Library Committee

The Committee for Library provision and Strategy (CLiPS) in History meets every term at 14:00, Fri of week 4.

Steven Archer (Christ Church, is the CCL rep.

Keeping up-to-date

We broadcast news about changes to services, new resources etc. on our blog. You can sign to the mailing list, subscribe to an RSS feed or check our homepage for the latest news.

Newly received history books in the HFL and the Bodleian are listed here as well as tagged on LibraryThing

Information about...

who can use the HFL is on our Admissions page. Also check the Bodleian Libraries Admissions page.

who can borrow how many books is on our Lending Services page. If in doubt, contact Stephen Day, HFL Reader Services Librarian (, 01865 277262).

inductions, when scheduled, are advertised online. For any queries or to arrange inductions for Visiting Students throughout the year, contact Stephen Day (, 01685 277262).

other information skills courses for historians are listed on our Training and Workshops page. Contact: Isabel Holowaty (,  01865 277294).

online resources for historians: check the introductory guide and the History Section of the Databases A-Z Libguide.

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