Collections and resources at the Continuing Education Library

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The library has a collection of over 80,000 books, subscribes to several key journals and has a small collection of films. Our collections cover most subjects, with particular strengths in Archaeology, Art & Architecture, History, Literature, Local History and Psychodynamic Therapy & Counselling. Highlights of the collection include a ‘local collection’ of material relating to Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, and material relating to the history of adult education  

The library is a teaching collection developed to support the courses taught by the Department for Continuing Education.

Recommend a resource

If you would like to request or recommend a resource for purchase, please use the Bodleian Libraries recommend a purchase form and select ‘Continuing Education Library’.


Library staff have created subject-specific online guides to help you find relevant resources for your studies. These are particularly relevant to Continuing Education students. Select your subject from the list below, or view all Continuing Education subject guides