Collections and resources at the Tylor Library

In line with government guidance, you must wear a face covering in library reading rooms, unless you are exempt. Find out more about staying safe in our spaces and other service updates.


The Tylor Library houses over 10,000 books, about 35 current print journals, and 400 pamphlets dealing with social anthropology and related fields such as sociology, history and linguistics. It also provides online access to the university’s electronic resources, including useful databases for anthropologists. SOLO holds details of the Tylor Library’s collections (described as the Social and Cultural Anthropology Library).  

Anthropology material for the Bodleian Libraries is primarily collected at the Tylor Library, with an emphasis on material not otherwise covered (outside the Bodleian Libraries) by the Balfour Library at the Pitt Rivers Museum. UK material should also be available from the Bodleian Libraries book stacks.

New books

You can find some of our new books profiled on the homepage and regional and thematic pages of the Anthropology subject guide


The Tylor Library subscribes to 35 key journals published in the field of Anthropology. See our journal display stand in the main library area for new issues of these titles. All journals are for reference use only.


The Tylor Library holds some MPhil theses submitted for examination. These are available for reference only and are kept in the Library Office. All theses are searchable on SOLO

The Bodleian Library receives a copy of all DPhil theses. Some anthropology theses are donated to the Tylor Library. These are available for reference only and are kept in the Library Office. DPhil theses must now be deposited in the Oxford Research Archive, so more recent theses can also be accessed there.


The card catalogue may be useful for checking holdings of older material and offprints. It does not reflect more recent material accurately.


As far as possible, the Tylor Library aims to provide loan and/or confined copies of material on relevant reading lists, considering provision elsewhere in the University, including online resources. The Tylor Library does not acquire material by legal deposit.

We will consider purchasing material in all relevant languages. Historically, most non-English material tends to be in French, German or Dutch. The Tylor has collected a significant amount of material on overlapping areas such as linguistics, sociology, history and philosophy.



A guide to resources for Oxford anthropologists.

Anthropology Plus

An abstracting and indexing database which combines references from both Anthropological Literature (Harvard) and the Anthropological Index (RAI/UK). A wide array of material (not all immediately available in Oxford) is covered from the late 19th century onwards.

Reviews in Anthropology

The only anthropological journal devoted to lengthy, in-depth review commentary on recently published books. Titles are largely drawn from the professional literature of anthropology, covering the entire range of work inclusive of all sub-disciplines, including biological, cultural, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology.

Anthropology Online

Provided by Alexander Street Press, Anthropology Online brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. This is the most comprehensive resource for the study of social and cultural life yet created.