Ask an Oriental Institute Librarian

If you have a question about the collections and services of the Oriental Institute Library and are:

  • a current member of Oxford University
  • a current member of Oxford University Libraries
  • a former member of Oxford University Libraries needing to use the Oriental Institute Library
  • an external enquirer needing information specifically about or held by the Oriental Institute Library

then Ask an Institute Librarian.

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Your question will be sent to the Oriental Institute Library who will contact you directly by email. If you have difficulty using the form, please let us know, and send us your enquiry by:

  • email:
  • post: Oriental Institute Library, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE
  • telephone: 01865 278202 (+44 1865 278202 from outside the United Kingdom)

Notes on the service

Ask an Institute Librarian is an enquiry service provided by the Oriental Institute Library. We will respond promptly, usually within three working days (Monday to Friday), and often within 24 hours. More complex enquiries may take longer to answer where it is necessary to consult several sources and/or colleagues.

We will respond within five full working days of the receipt of an enquiry for at least 90% of correspondence, but in all cases within ten full working days of the receipt of an enquiry. Full working daysare Monday to Friday except for the Easter and Christmas/New Year closure periods.

This service is provided for registered users of Oxford University Library Services. We are also happy to respond to reference enquiries from external users only when they relate to Oriental Institute Library collections and services. Please note that we are not able to undertake detailed research on behalf of enquirers.


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