Collections and resources at the English Faculty Library

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The English Faculty Library holds over 104,000 volumes, and the collections focus on English language and literature, supporting the range of teaching, study and research in the English Faculty. Additional research collections for English are accommodated in the Bodleian Library and off-site store. In addition, there is a significant and increasing number of ebooks and online journals in support of the subject. The EFL also has a Film Studies collection which focuses on film theory and British and American cinema.

The library also holds a variety of special collections, in particular books and journals relating to the study of Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature, a rare books collection of approximately 9,000 pre-1850 volumes, and a significant collection of 19th-century journals.

The library's substantial audio-visual collections include Shakespeare productions, recordings of poetry, and films, covering such genres as film noir, the western, horror and melodrama.

Find out more about the Bodleian Libraries' English literature and language collections, including our collection policy.

Find out more about the Bodleian Libraries' Film Studies collections, including our collection policy.

Recommend a resource

Contact us to recommend or request a resource for purchase by the EFL or the Bodleian Library, or complete the Bodleian Libraries online form.

New books

You can find details of new books in the English Faculty Library on our LibraryThing page, and subscribe to updates via RSS.


The Bodleian Libraries are fortunate in frequently receiving gifts of scholarly books from members of the teaching staff of the faculty and colleges. If you think your donation would be suitable for either the EFL or the Bodleian Library, contact the English Subject Librarian. Large donations will not be taken without prior consultation.

We are in general very pleased to receive individual titles. We do reserve the right to dispose of donated books should they no longer be required. We will normally ask whether you would like us to return and/or try to find alternative locations for surplus materials. 

Subject guides


Subject guide: English at Oxford

The English subject guide gives an overview of the English collections and points to useful e-resources for the subject.

It also includes additional guides which signpost to online resources useful for specific English Language and Literature papers.

Databases A-Z: English

Browse the Bodleian Libraries’ major e-resources, including electronic collections of archival materials and bibliographic databases. 

Film Studies

Subject guide: Film Studies

An introduction to library and information resources available in Oxford for all those studying, teaching and researching Film Studies.

Databases A-Z: Film Studies

A list of databases and major eresources related to Film Studies available through the Bodleian Libraries, including Box of Broadcasts, a large online archive of off-air recordings which includes many films.