Collections and resources at the English Faculty Library

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The English Faculty Library will be closed from Monday 16 – Monday 30 August inclusive.


The English Faculty Library holds over 104,000 volumes. It subscribes to around 40 current print journals, all open access. It also holds a large collection of mainly 19th century journals and provides access to many more online journals and ebooks.

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, and a rare books collection of approximately 9,000 pre-1850 volumes.

The library's substantial audio-visual collections consist mainly of Shakespeare plays, recordings of poetry and films.

Books, journals and audio-visual materials are all catalogued on SOLO, the University's library catalogue. When searching on SOLO, you can filter your results by format to find ‘book’, ‘journal’ or ‘audio visual’ material.

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.

Film collection

The English Faculty Library has a well-established collection of books on Anglo-American film as well as c. 3,500 DVDs, Blu-rays and videos covering such genres as film noir, the western, horror and melodrama. The film collection also includes Shakespearean productions and other films of general literary interest.

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


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.