Using the PTFL

A long wooden desk across a room with bookshelves on either side

You no longer need to book a time slot to use our libraries. Find out more about staying safe in our spaces and other service updates.


  • The library is open year-round to all University card holders, and to Bodleian Reader card holders during the vacations.  
  • To register, readers must bring their University or Bodleian Reader card to the library reception desk. For further details, please apply to the Librarian. Find out more about who can borrow from this library.
  • If you are not a member of the University, you can apply for a Bodleian Reader card

General information

  • The Bodleian Libraries Regulations and Rules of Conduct apply in this library.
  • The ground floor has a reading room with a small seating area. The library reception and help desk are to the right of the gate.
  • The first floor reading room is open-plan with a large seating area.
  • Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS) facilities and a self-issue machine are available on the ground floor.  
  • Hot and cold drinks in KeepCups are permitted in this library. You can purchase KeepCups from the library reception.  
  • There is a common room space located outside the library, past the entrance lobby on the left-hand side.

Layout and classification

Our books are catalogued on SOLO, which can be used to find an item’s shelfmark and location. Our library map (PDF) shows how shelfmarks are arranged within the library.

You can also view a detailed overview of the classification scheme at PTFL (PDF).

Sustainability initiatives at the PTFL

Together with the rest of the Radcliffe Humanities building, the PTFL is taking part in the Green Impact Initiative. Supported by the National Union of Students, Green Impact is an award scheme that recognises the work done by staff and students to increase the environmental sustainability of universities across the UK.  

PTFL librarians continually work to reduce the library’s environmental impact as low as possible. Here are some of our sustainability initiatives:

  • reusable cups (KeepCups)
  • movement sensors for lights
  • automatic sleep mode for library computers
  • recycling bins available throughout the library
  • advocacy campaigns highlighting sustainable travel within Oxford and the city’s biodiversity
  • radiator control
  • electronic publications
  • environmentally-friendly printing

If you have any suggestions for other initiatives, please email us.