Hello and welcome to the Taylor Institution Library, commonly known as the Taylorian. We are the the University's centre for the study of modern European languages and literatures, other than English. We also have collections in Linguistics, Film Studies, and Women’s Studies.
You can find us on the corner of St. Giles and Beaumont Street, next to the Ashmolean Museum. The main entrance is on St. Giles. We are open to anyone with a University or Bodleian Reader card.
Hold the card to the pad as shown, and the doors will open.
Library staff are on hand to help you. Do approach staff at the desks and around the library if you need help finding something, or have a library-related question. You can also contact us by phone or email as shown on the screen.
The Taylorian has a team of subject librarians with subject and language expertise who can help you with more detailed research queries.
The Taylorian has approximately 750,000 volumes in its collections, although many of these are held in offsite storage. The library spans all 5 floors of the building, and the layout may seem confusing at first.
The collections are divided into two main sections; the Teaching Collection, chiefly on the ground and first floors; and the Research Collection, chiefly on the 2nd and 3rd floors and in the basement. Most modern books in the Taylorian collections are borrowable.
As well as books, the library holds a wide range of print journals in the subject, both modern and historical. We also have special collections such as manuscripts and early printed books – and even objects such as a piece of the Berlin Wall!
You can look up all our library resources using SOLO, the library catalogue, including our electronic resources such as ebooks and online journals.
Seating is available on all five floors of the library. The Main Reading Room on the second floor is a popular spot, as well as our numerous smaller reading rooms.
The issue desk, where you can check out and return books, is on the ground floor. There is a self-issue machine and a book drop for returns. The research enquiry desk is on the second floor.
Library computers and quick search terminals are available throughout the building, as are print, copy and scan machines. We also have a bookable film viewing room, and facilities to read microform material.
A lift is available by the library entrance, and we have a range of accessibility equipment available to borrow from the issue desk. The library also has two height adjustable desks with ergonomic chairs.
You are allowed to bring bottled water into the library, with the exception of the Voltaire Room. Food is not allowed in any part of the library – please use the Common Room instead, accessed by the ground floor corridor.
We hope you enjoy your time here in the Taylorian and we're looking forward to welcoming you!