Services and facilities at the Education Library

Two PCs being used by two students

In line with government guidance, you must wear a face covering in library reading rooms, unless you are exempt. Find out more about staying safe in our spaces and other service updates.

General services



Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS)

The Education Library uses the Bodleian Libraries PCAS system for printing, copying and scanning. Find out more about using PCAS in the libraries and how to manage your PCAS account



Connect to library Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is available throughout the library. The Bodleian Libraries offer several Wi-Fi networks, including ‘Bodleian-Libraries’ for University and Bodleian Reader card holders, and ‘eduroam’ for members of educational institutions. Find out more about how to connect.



Use library computers

Library PCs are available for you to use in this library. All computers provide access to SOLO, the catalogue for Oxford University’s libraries. Find out more about using Bodleian Libraries PCs.



Request or reserve items

The Bodleian Libraries hold around 8 million items in off-site storage. Items can be ordered from the Book Storage Facility (BSF) and delivered to the Education Library for you to consult. Find out more about how to place stack requests via SOLO.



Inter-library loans

If you want to read something that is not available in Oxford, we will try to find it for you from another library. The Department of Education pays for this service on behalf of its staff, research students and MSc students. Please email us for instructions.

PGCE students and other members of the University are charged a subsidized fee of £5, paid via PCAS. You can make requests through SOLO.

There is no restriction on the number of requests you can make, but we may ask you to get authorization from your supervisor if you intend to place a high number of requests.

Other libraries wishing to borrow from the Education Library's collections should email



Book the discussion room

The discussion room is currently unavailable (updated September 2021).

The discussion room is available for academics or students to book (with some restrictions). Please check availability on the calendar before you submit a booking request.

  • University of Oxford members can book the room for academic-related purposes.
  • All use of the room must follow the University’s Code of Practice on Meetings and Events.
  • Room bookings must be made at least two hours in advance. There is no limit to how far in advance bookings may be made, but we do not take block bookings.
  • Occasionally, library staff may need to enter the room to retrieve journals for other readers during your booking.
  • If there are no bookings on the calendar, you are welcome to use the room for individual or group study on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students are welcome to book the discussion room for group study. Bookings for individual use will be considered if, for example, you need a space to rehearse your lesson plan, or to conduct interviews for your research. Bookings are limited to 2 hours. Department seminar rooms may be available.

Academic staff should only book library reading rooms for classes and meetings if there is nowhere else available in the department. However, we make exceptions for classes that require the use of library equipment and resources.

Training and guides



Inductions and training

The Bodleian Education Library offers a range of library induction and information skills training sessions. These are primarily aimed at members of the Department of Education, but other library users are welcome to attend. These can also be supplemented by one-to-one support.

Contact us if you would like any help with your research. We offer help with:

  • searching education databases  
  • saving and managing your references  
  • setting up new publication alerts  
  • citation tracking, and much more

To book an appointment on an individual basis, please contact the librarian, Catherine Scutt.

The library has created a research guide for MSc and DPhil students, and a guide to teaching resources for PGCE students and teachers.




Video tutorials

Our video tutorials will show you how to search the education literature effectively. The tutorials cover the entire search process: designing an effective search strategy, performing a search, and getting the full texts of your search results.