The Bodleian Latin American Centre Library houses about 16,000 volumes, together with journals, a wide-ranging grey literature collection, microfilms and DVDs. Our collections are relevant to many University students reading a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that include studies in Latin American economics, politics, social sciences and the history of the continent.
The library subscribes to over 20 journals, including popular titles like Proceso and Semana, and academic ones such as the Latin American weekly and regional reports, the Latin American Research Review and Quehacer. Our monographs and journals are written in Spanish, Portuguese and English, with some material in German and French. We have papers on trade unions and agriculture, as well as American PhD politics theses on microfilm.
Books published after 1991 and all current journals are catalogued on SOLO, the University’s library catalogue. Our card catalogue in the hall covers books published before 1991 and journals to which we no longer subscribe. The card catalogue is classified by author, and subject by country.
Some of the materials kept in the country boxes appears on neither SOLO nor the card catalogue (although the boxes are currently being retrospectively catalogued).
The library holds the best MPhil thesis and the best MSc essay for each year of Latin American Centre students (2014 – present). The library also houses a small collection of Oxford theses in the subject area, principally those relating to the MSc Public Policy in Latin America, including essays submitted for the MSc Public Policy (1986 – 2009). Find out more about how to access theses held by the library.
We have a growing collection of films and documentaries. These can be borrowed by members of Oxford University or viewed in the library. Our collection includes films and documentaries about current affairs, history and politics. Latin American films with more aesthetic purposes can be found at the Taylor Institution Library and the Language Centre Library.
You can search for films via SOLO. DVDs are available on closed access. Please ask at the library office if you would like to borrow or watch them. Some of the DVDs are recorded in non-European regions, and you may want to use our multi-region DVD player/television located in the library stacks.
Read the library's Collection Policy for Latin American Studies (PDF).
Since 2010 we have been adding our latest acquisitions to our LibraryThing pages, where they can be browsed.
The Latin American Studies subject specialist, Frank Egerton, is keen to hear from academic staff on all matters relating to the library’s provision for the subject area. Please send reading lists for taught courses to the subject specialist.
If you wish to recommend a book, journal, film or e-resource for purchase by the library, please use the Bodleian Libraries online form or contact the subject specialist directly.