Contacts and support at the Taylor Institution Library

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Enquiries and updates

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

All enquiries

Undergraduate services and issue desk

01865 278152

Research services and enquiry desk, including inter-library loans

01865 278158

Library staff

Taylor Librarian

James Legg, Head of Humanities Libraries
01865 278160

Co-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

Helen Scott

French & Russian

Nick Hearn

German (including Yiddish)

Emma Huber


Zsuzsanna Varga


Clare Hills-Nova

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

Helen Buchanan

Reader Services and Stock Supervisor (Slavonic)

Jola Hood

Issue Desk Supervisor

Elena Franklin

Senior Library Assistants

Sam Gormley

Trevor Langrish

Graduate Trainee

Malcolm Spencer

Reader Services Library Assistants

Katherine Day
Joanna Lysakowska
Johane Boursoit
Paul Millicheap
Rachel McNeile  


Administration and Finance Officer

Elisabet Almunia 
01865 278088

Administration Assistant

Gisele Alexander
01865 278088

Premises Team
01865 278142

Premises Supervisor

Piotr Szkonter
01865 278142

Premises Assistants

Mark Cooper
Josh Joseph  
Olga Smolyak
Daniella Duncalf