Using the Nizami Ganjavi Library

Two bookshelves with a large book open on display

Nizami Ganjavi Library vacation loans begin Monday 27 November, with items due back Tuesday 16 January. Current loans due back before 16 January automatically convert to vacation loans in 8th Week. Note that Bodleian Offsite Storage (BOS) items will continue as regular loans. If you have concerns about your BOS loans during the vac, please contact

General information

Library rules

  • All readers must follow the Bodleian Libraries Regulations and Rules of Conduct, as well as local rules for this library given on this page.
  • Mobile phones must be switched to silent mode while inside the library.  
  • Articles left on library premises or in lockers are at the owner's risk.   
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the library, except bottled water. If you have a medical need to keep food with you, please speak to library staff.

Layout and classification

  • You can find a plan of the library and the locations of the different shelving schemes at the front desk.
  • The general reference section is on the ground floor of the library. A detailed map is available.
  • Library shelves are labelled with the shelfmarks they house. If you are unable to find something, do feel free to ask the library staff.  
  • Most of the collections on the ground floor use the Library of Congress Classification (LCC).
  • The South Asian and Hebrew collections on the lower ground floor use a bespoke library classification.
  • Korean books and books on Eastern Christianity are also housed on the lower ground floor. These have a prefix on the record (‘KSL’ and ‘ECL’, respectively) that identifies them as being part of these collections and not the general LCC sequence.