Using the English Faculty Library
- The English Faculty Library (EFL) is open to all University card holders.
- Bodleian Reader card holders may access the library during vacations. If you are not a member of the University, find out more about how to apply for a Bodleian Reader card.
- Find out more about borrowing rights at this library.
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Hello and welcome to this short introduction to the English Faculty Library.
To get to the library, head to the St Cross Building at the intersection between St Cross Road and Manor Road. Follow signs for reception and you will find the library entrance adjacent to the reception desk. To enter, you will need your University or Bodleian Reader card. Hold the card to the pad as shown and the gates should open. There may be a delay while your card is recognised. Staff are on site to help.
Helen, the English and Film Studies subject librarian, is best placed to answer research-specific queries. But feel free to approach any member of staff for library help in the first instance. Some of our staff are shown here.
The English Faculty Library, or EFL, holds over 104,000 volumes to support the range of teaching, study and research in the English Faculty. 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, including volumes related to the study of Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature, a rare books collection of 9000 pre-1850 volumes, and a significant collection of 19th century journals. Additional research collections for English are kept at the Bodleian Library, pictured here, and the offsite store. Most of the EFL's collections are borrowable, whereas Bodleian library material is for library use only.
The library's collections are spread over two floors. On the ground floor, you will find books on language, general literary theory and film studies, and literature and English up to 1550. Seating is available across both floors, though desks with power are limited to the ground floor. The computer room and quick search terminals can also be found on this floor. These terminals do not require you to log in and have the library's catalogue, SOLO, pre-loaded. All of the library's holdings can be searched for via SOLO, including electronic resources. Staff are available at the Help Desk for enquiries and loaning books. Here is a sneak peek of the library, spanning left to right from the entrance.
Print Copy and Scan (PCAS) facilities are available on the first floor. Collections on this floor include Literature in English from 1550 onwards, American and World Literature, and Bibliography. A lift is available for those with mobility impairments. Here is a view of the library's first floor, spanning left to right from the top of the stairs.
A range of accessibility equipment, including ergonomic furniture and reading aids, is available for use throughout the library.
LibGuides are a great way to find out more information to help you study in your chosen subject. English students should visit the URL shown to access subject relevant guides. Library-related information can be found on our webpage.
Users can reach out to a librarian in real time using the Live Chat service available through SOLO. And remember the onsite team is here to help during library opening hours. Our details are on screen.
We hope to see you soon.