Hi there, welcome to the Taylor Institution Library, also known as the Taylorian. We are the Bodleian’s Medieval and Modern European Languages Library, located on the corner of St. Giles and Beaumont Street, next to the Ashmolean Museum. The main entrance is here on St. Giles.
The library opened in 1845, but a lot has changed since then. Shall we take a look inside?
We have over fifty thousand books in our teaching collections. These include Spanish, Portuguese and German literature on the ground floor, and then Italian and French literature as well as film studies and linguistics on the first floor, alongside modern Greek in its own little reading room. And Russian and Celtic, both in our basement.
You can look up all our library resources using SOLO.
The favourite study spot in our library is the main reading room on the second floor. There are also plenty of desks tucked away in our stacks, as well as numerous smaller reading rooms. Some of them are pictured here. There's something for everyone.
The Voltaire room houses our French special collections and it's also where we hold our exhibitions.
A lift is available by the library entrance for those with mobility impairments, and we're also happy to help fetch whatever you need. We also have a range of accessibility equipment, from reading aids to sad lamps for winter to borrow from the issue desk, as well as two height adjustable desks.
If you need help or want to chat, our issue desk on the ground floor is always here to help. Come along if you have questions about issuing, returning and renewing books, and any help you need navigating our undergraduate collections.
We can also help you use our beloved issue machine. And our inquiry desk on the second floor is perfect for questions to do with collections, offsite books, or where to sit if the main reading room is full. But don't worry, you can grab any of us when you see us around and we can help you out.
I hope you enjoy your time here in the Taylorian and we're looking forward to welcoming you. Remember, if you don't know, just ask!