Opening Hours and Closed Periods


Monday-Friday 9:00-19:00; Saturday 11:00-17:00.

Vacation Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00; Saturday closed.


One week at Christmas and Easter; Monday and Tuesday of the week of St. Giles’ Fair beginning of September; and August Bank Holiday Monday.

Summer Vacation 2018 - Temporary Closure and Opening Hours

We have been advised that because of the building work associated with the replacement of the heating system in the Oriental Institute, the Library will have to close for a period of about a month over the Long Vacation 2018. Dates currently given for closure are 14 July to 12 August. We ask those who are planning to work in the library over the summer vacation to watch for further communications in the case the dates change. 

The building work will significantly affect the library spaces, with the expectation that it will not be safe for readers to access the library and staff will only be able to do so under a protocol agreed with the contractors. The protocol will allow staff access for an hour at the end of every day to fetch books requested by readers – these will be made available in the Sackler Library. 

If you know of any colleagues from outside of Oxford who are planning to use the Oriental Institute Library over the summer, we would be grateful if you could share this advance warning with them. 

Details of the full summer vacation opening hours are as follows:

Weeks 9 -10 (18-29 June):

Monday to Friday: 09:00-19:00, Saturday 11:00-17:00.

Monday 2 July to Friday 13 July

Monday to Friday: 09:00-17:00; Saturday closed.

14 July to 12 August, August Bank Holiday Monday (27 August) and St. Giles’ Fair (3-4 September):

Library closed.

Monday 13 August to Friday 28 September:

Monday to Friday: provisionally 09:00-17:00 but ongoing building works mean we may need to close at short notice; Saturday closed.

A system of transfer of material from OIL to the Sackler Library from 16:00 on Fridays when the Library is not open on the following Saturday was trialled last Summer and continues (running from 29 June). This will cater for non-lending material and for readers without borrowing privileges. It is expected that material transferred in this way will be returned to OIL by 10:00 on the following Monday but we may consider requests from readers to keep the material on reserve in Sackler for their convenience. In this case, material transferred on Friday 13 July may be kept in the Sackler throughout the exceptional closed period.

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