Contacts and support at the Taylor Institution Library

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From 29 July, a maintenance project will be taking place in the Taylor Institution Library basement for approximately 6 weeks. During this time, parts of the basement will be closed from 5–7pm, and there will be no access at any time to the central section of the Slavonic and Modern Greek research collections for the duration of the project. The library will also be closed on Saturday 3 August, Saturday 10 August and Saturday 17 August. Ahead of the move, there may be some disruption in the basement as staff prepare the area. If you have any queries, please contact the Librarian-in-Charge, Joanne Ferrari (, or Taylor Enquiries (


Enquiries and updates

Library staff are here to help you, so please ask.

All enquiries

Teaching Collection and issue desk

01865 278152

Research Collection and enquiry desk, including inter-library loans

01865 278158

Library staff

Taylor Librarian and Head of Humanities Libraries

James Legg
01865 278160

Deputy Head of Humanities Libraries

Isabel Holowaty
01865 277294

Librarian in Charge

Joanne Ferrari
01865 288033

Subject specialists

The Taylor Institution Library has subject specialists for individual languages, linguistics, film studies and women's studies, who are happy to help with subject-specific enquiries. Please contact the relevant specialist for one-to-one help with using the library resources in your subject area.


Janet Foot

Film Studies and Women's Studies

Sarah Currant

French & Russian

Nick Hearn

German (including Yiddish)

Emma Huber


Zsuzsanna Varga


Andrea Del Cornò

Linguistics, Dutch and Frisian

Johanneke Sytsema

Modern Greek

Kostas Skordyles


Adina Bradeanu

Slavonic and East European

Barbara Baj Wojtowicz

Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American

Joanne Ferrari

Reader Services

Operations Manager and Disability Liaison Librarian

Frank Egerton
01865 278155

Reader Services Manager

Grace Brown
01865 288054

Reader Services Supervisor

Gareth Evans

Reader Services and Stock Supervisor

Jola Hood

Senior Library Assistants

Elena Franklin

Morgan Ashby-Crane

Reader Services Supervisors, Evenings and Weekends

Judit Kovacs

Morgan Ashby-Crane

Graduate Trainees

Clara Oxley
Erin Minogue

Reader Services Library Assistants

Francesca Honey
Joanna Lysakowska
Johane Boursoit
Megan Speechley
Nat Manzano Perez
Olga Smolyak
Rachel Erginoglu
Rob Backhouse
Tanya Wood


Humanities Libraries Finance and Administration Officer

Elisabet Almunia 
01865 278088

Administration Assistant

Gisele Alexander
01865 278088

Premises Team
01865 278142

Premises Supervisor

Matthew Smith
01865 278142

Premises Assistants

David Hambleton
Laura Csuka
Limara Bertram