Borrowing at the Continuing Education Library

Who can borrow?

Borrowing is normally restricted to students and staff of the Department for Continuing Education, with the following exceptions:

  • University staff may borrow
  • Kellogg College students are welcome to become borrowing members of the library
  • students on Film Studies courses or options may borrow films and film studies books (please ask staff for details)

All other University and Bodleian Reader card-holders, students attending day or weekend courses, and those attending lecture series, are welcome to use the library for reference.  

Exceptional short loans may be permitted: please ask at the library desk. If you need to borrow books and are on an award-bearing course at the Department of Continuing Education but do not yet have your University card, please ask at the library desk.

What can be borrowed?

Most books in the library can be borrowed, including oversize items, the Local Collection and pamphlets. Reference books and journals cannot be borrowed.

Borrowing allowances

  Items Borrowing period
Weekly class students (attending one class) 4 2 weeks
Weekly class students (attending more than one class) 8 2 weeks
Award-bearing taught courses 8 2 weeks
Research students (DPhil) 10 4 weeks
OUDCE staff 20 12 weeks
University staff (other departments) 8 2 weeks
Students on international summer programmes 6 2 weeks
Students on Oxford Summer School for Adults (OUSSA) 2 2 days
Students on award-bearing courses with a registered disability 10 4 weeks
Weekly class students with a disability  6 2 weeks


Renewals and returns

Return or renew all your books on or before the due date, and always return items promptly when reserved or recalled for another reader. You will be sent an email reminder when an item is due back to the library. You can also check the due dates of your loans via SOLO.  

You can renew your loans in the following ways:

  • online via SOLO
  • by replying to the email reminder with your renewal request
  • by emailing your request to with your full name and library card barcode number
  • by phoning the library on 01865 270454 and quoting your library card barcode number

You can renew items as many times as you like, unless the item has been requested by another reader, your library membership has expired or you have a block on your account due to overdue items or unpaid fines. If you are having problems renewing, please contact us to discuss this.

To return books, simply bring them to the library desk during opening hours. We have a secure book returns box in the reading room if you need to return books at other times.

Lost books

If you think you have lost a library book, please get in touch and let us know. We will usually renew the book for a further 2 weeks to give you a chance to look for it.

If you are sure the book is lost, we will send you an invoice for the replacement cost. If you would prefer to buy a replacement copy, please contact us to discuss this. We can only accept a copy that is in very good condition and the correct edition.

You can pay by card online, post a cheque payable to ‘University of Oxford’ to the library, or pay by cash or cheque in person at the library. We cannot take payment by card in person.