Using the Girdlestone Memorial Library



Oxford University staff and students have full access to the four Bodleian Health Care Libraries and their resources, and can borrow items.


  • The Bodleian Health Care Libraries provide services to all staff in all four OUH NHS Foundation Trust hospitals and elsewhere.  
  • Staff can apply to join the libraries by following this process.
  • There is a dedicated website for NHS users of the Bodleian Health Care Libraries.


  • Non-HCL Bodleian Reader card holders can use the library within staffed hours during University of Oxford vacations (dates of term), but may not borrow items. Find out more about how to apply for a Bodleian Reader card.  
  • Other readers can use the libraries according to the service level agreement between the library and the employing organization.


  • Staff and students in the Oxford Brookes University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences can become non-borrowing members of the Bodleian Health Care Libraries.  
  • If you are employed by an eligible organization and are a Brookes student on a part-time course you may be entitled to full membership. Please contact us for more details.
  • Library staff can take registrations during staffed hours.  
  • Our large collection of books and journals is searchable via SOLO, and you can access OBU web resources and a selection of our e-journals and databases from library PCs (licenses permitting). 

Library welcome video


Hello, my name is Kat Steiner, and I’m here to tell you about the NOC Library.

Its official name is the Girdlestone Memorial Library, but we mostly call it the NOC.

The NOC is one of four Bodleian Health Care Libraries – depending on where you’re based, you may want to visit some of the others, which are the Cairns Library in the John Radcliffe Hospital, the Knowledge Centre on the Old Road Campus, and the Horton Library in Banbury.

The NOC is a small, friendly library with plenty of study space and computers for you to use. All staff and students at the University of Oxford are welcome to use the library, as well as NHS staff and Oxford Brookes Faculty of Health and Life Sciences staff and students.

I’m going to show you a few photos to help you get a feel for it.

If you work at the NOC and have a fob, you can use this library 24 hours a day. Otherwise, you can see our opening hours on our website.

You can find the library on the first floor of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre – come in via the main entrance, go up the big staircase on your left and then follow the corridor around to your right. There are signs to guide you!

As you can see when you come in, there is plenty of seating depending on how you’d like to work. We have individual study carrels, larger desks for you to spread out, computers for you to use, and a few height adjustable desks where you can stand or sit. Drinks and cold food or snacks are allowed in the library.

Here you can also see some of our books and journals. You can search for them via SOLO, the library catalogue, and you can borrow books during staffed hours. We also get deliveries of books from our offsite storage - you can order these via SOLO and consult them in the library during staffed hours.

We have a mixture of NHS and University PCs available for you to use and a photocopier, printing and scanning machine. We also have our Group Study Room, which you can book with staff or via our online form.

However, the library isn’t just about the physical space! We have friendly staff who sit at these desks available to help you.

I’m the NOC librarian and I offer tutorials on finding articles, doing a literature review and managing your references. You can email me at any time or pop into the NOC to see me in person.

If you have any questions, you can follow these links for more information and help. Don’t be afraid to ask!

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Email us at
Email me (Kat Steiner) at
Ring the NOC library on 01865 738147

24/7 access

Staff with a NOC fob can access the Girdlestone Memorial Library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please speak to a member of staff at the library to apply for a fob.

General information

  • The Bodleian Libraries Regulations and Rules of Conduct apply in the Bodleian Health Care Libraries.
  • The Girdlestone Memorial Library is at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. The library is on the first floor, directly above the restaurant near the lecture theatre and Medical Illustration Office.
  • You are welcome to bring your own devices to use in our libraries. Power sockets are provided.
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the four library sites, as well as Bodleian Libraries and NHS PCs.