Using the English Faculty Library

A student working on a laptop at a desk

You will need to book a time slot to use our open libraries. Check individual libraries for more details. Find out what to expect when you visit a library and our latest service updates.

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


Library rules

The Bodleian Libraries Regulations and Rules of Conduct apply in this library. For the benefit of all our readers we would ask you to follow these simple guidelines:  

  • Respect our quiet study environment. Mobile phones and laptops should be set to 'silent' before you enter the library. Music listened to through headphones should be turned to a very low volume. Please do not use phones at the issue desk or chat loudly in any part of the library.  
  • Eating and drinking is not permitted, except for bottled water or hot drinks in KeepCups

Information for readers

  • The library is on two floors, and there is step-free access via a lift. The entrance and main reading room of the library are on the first floor, with an additional upper gallery area. The main reading room is open plan, with plenty of seating. The upper gallery area is also open plan.
  • The information desk is just beyond the access gates at the main entrance to the library.
  • The Computer Room is in the far corner of the main reading room of the library, opposite the enquiry desk.
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the library and laptops may be used anywhere.

Layout and finding books in the EFL

Our ground floor (PDF) and first floor (PDF) plans should assist you with finding your way around the English Faculty Library.

You can also find a library plan and a quick guide to the shelfmarks of major authors on the library noticeboard at the bottom of the stairs. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask a member of staff at the issue desk.

For information on finding books in the EFL, see our online guide.

Missing items

If an item is showing as available on SOLO but you are unable to find it in the library, please contact us with the author name, title of the book, shelfmark and your name. Tell us the date when this book will no longer be useful to you.

Library staff will search for the book over the next week. If we find it, we will place it on hold for you and email you to confirm it is available for you to collect at the issue desk. If after a week we have not found the book, we will email you to let you know. We will continue to search for the book for the next 3 weeks. If it is still not found, we will consider purchasing a replacement copy.