Borrowing at the Sackler Library

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Who can borrow?

  • If you hold a valid (blue-striped) University card, you may borrow from our circulating collections. Students may borrow from the Classics Lending Library (see below). 
  • If you hold a Bodleian Reader card, you have reference-only access to our collections, and may not borrow items.

What can be borrowed?

Eligible readers may borrow from our circulating collections.

The following items cannot be borrowed:  

  • all items on Floors 2-3
  • any work published pre-1850 or fetched from closed access
  • oversize or folio items and portfolios of plates (excluding papyrology)
  • most reference works
  • classical texts and commentaries in sections N.i and N.ii (LG Floor)
  • periodical parts without barcodes
  • archive material
  • any item judged not to be in a fit state to be borrowed
  • any item with a confined label  
  • legal deposit items

Classics Lending Library (CLL): student borrowing only


The Classics Lending Library (CLL) is in the floor G rotunda area close to the help desk and either side of the public computers, new books displays and casual seating area. The collection includes required reading texts for Oxford undergraduate students reading Classics and joint schools subjects, and printed copies of older exam papers.


Only Oxford students may borrow from the CLL. Other readers, including academic and administrative staff, may not borrow from this collection. Students may borrow up to 9 items from the combined collections with a maximum of six items in any category (main library book, main library periodical, CLL book, CLL article). The borrowing period for all CLL items is 1 week. Items can be renewed 3 times if not reserved by another reader.

Vacation loans are available for CLL books. Items borrowed on or after Wednesday of Week 8 are due back by Monday of Week 1 of the following term. Reminders are posted at the relevant times.

Borrowing allowances and rules

  • University card holders wishing to borrow are welcome to issue books to themselves, using the self-issue machine near the exit turnstile. Please be sure to use the self-issue machine well before closing time (4pm).
  • Staff-mediated book handling to issue books to readers is not possible at this time.
  • Readers can borrow up to 9 items in total, but no more than 6 from any one category (journals, Classics Lending Library, main collection, etc).
  • The standard loan period is 1 week. Journals may be borrowed for 2 days.
  • Readers with disabilities who have ‘privileged reader’ status can borrow 12 items in total, but no more than 9 from any one category. The loan period for all items is 2 weeks.  
  • Vacation loans are available for CLL items only. For all other items, standard loan periods apply during vacations.  
  • Borrowed items should be used locally at home or in other Oxford libraries. They should not be taken elsewhere, particularly on holidays or field trips. 

Renew and return items

  • You will be sent an email reminder (to your University email address) the day before a book is due back.
  • You may renew a book up to 3 times, if it has not been requested by another reader. You may not renew periodicals or overdue items.  
  • You can renew items online via SOLO. If SOLO is not available, email us.  
  • You should return all items to the help desk by 9.30pm on the due date. We cannot guarantee that items returned after this time will be checked in, and you may incur overdue fines.
  • You must be able to return a borrowed item at the end of each loan period, or if another reader reserves it (by hold request).

Fines and charges

Overdue items

Fines are currently suspended. Find out more about fines from the Bodleian Libraries.

The following overdue fines apply for each item: 

The maximum fine for an item is £10.

If the fines on your SOLO account exceed £10, or an item you have borrowed is more than 21 days overdue, an automatic borrowing block will be applied to your account. You must return any overdue items and pay the fines in full before you can borrow again. 

Lost or damaged books

If an item is lost, damaged or stolen while it is on loan to you, you will have to pay for a replacement item, plus an administration fee of £5. We will waive the charges if you can supply a replacement copy in satisfactory condition. Charges will be refunded if the original copy is found before a replacement is ordered.