Using the Tylor Library

Two students at a long table each reading their own books

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  • The Tylor Library welcomes new and existing readers.
  • The library is open to current Oxford University students and members of staff. Please bring your University card in order to register as a reader.
  • Members of other universities may be able to use the library for reference and should first apply for a Bodleian Reader card.
  • Card access is permitted for members of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (including BA Anthropology & Archaeology and BA Human Science students). All other readers will need to buzz on arrival for admission into the building. 

Library rules

  • The Bodleian Libraries Regulations and Rules of Conduct apply in this library.  
  • The library is open at the times specified, provided that a member of staff is available to supervise it.
  • Food or drink may not be taken into the library, except bottled water and hot drinks contained in KeepCups.  
  • Smoking is not permitted.
  • Silence should be maintained as far as possible in the library. Please respect the needs of other users.
  • All belongings are the responsibility of readers and are brought into the library entirely at the owner’s risk. Please do not leave items unattended.
  • Do not mark, deface or damage library books and other materials in any way. Readers who damage library items, or fail to return them from loan, will be required to pay the full cost of their replacement plus an administration charge.

General information

  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the library.
  • There is a PC in the main reading room for searching SOLO, a self-issue machine for issuing loans, and facilities for printing, copying and scanning.
  • Lost property can be handed in at the library office. We will attempt to contact the owner if possible.

Layout and classification

The Tylor Library uses the Library of Congress classification (LCC) scheme. The Library of Congress Browsing Guide (PDF) provides a full list of subject headings and shelfmarks used in this classification system.

Ask library staff if you need help locating an item in the library.