We value your views and opinions and we welcome all suggestions and constructive feedback – positive or negative.

There are many ways you can share your thoughts with us:

  • Committees on Library Provision and Strategy (CLiPS)
  • Subject Librarians
  • Email
  • Comments books
  • Social media

Committees on Library Provision and Strategy (CLiPS)

The formal mechanism for gathering feedback is the CLiPSs. These subject- or Library-focussed committees meet every term, and comprise representatives from academic staff, students and librarians. All members of the collegiate University are welcome to raise any issues relating to the provision by, and strategy of, the Bodleian Libraries with the relevant CLiPS.

Social Sciences

Each of the 6 site libraries has its own CLiPS. These meet termly and report to the Social Sciences Divisional CLiPS, which reports to Curators.

  • Social Sciences Divisional CLiPS – Chair: Dr Elizabeth Frazer
  • Social Science Library– Chair: Dr Elizabeth Frazer
  • Bodleian Law Library – Chair: Dr Dan Awrey
  • Tylor Library - Chair: Dr Elizabeth Ewart
  • Sainsbury Library (+ Egrove Park) - Chair: Dr David Barron
  • Education Library - Chair: Dr Liam Gearon
  • Latin American Centre Library - Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbo

The Head of the Social Sciences Libraries attends Divisional Board with a standing item on the agenda, and also attends a meeting of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies Committee each term.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Division CLiPS meets termly, chaired by Professor Tim Lancaster, and reports to Curators. There are no departmental CLiPSs within MSD.

In addition, the relevant Librarian attends the following Departmental committees:

  • Biochemistry Undergraduate JCC (Hilary Term)
  • Clinical Student JCC (termly)
  • Experimental Psychology Undergraduate JCC (termly)
  • Experimental Psychology Graduate JCC (termly)
  • OUH FT Education and Training Committee (quarterly)


There are 10 Faculty/Departmental CLiPs and 6 sub-Faculty CLiPs, all of which report to the Humanities Divisional CLiP. There is strong engagement with the Faculty Board as all the Faculty/Department CLiPs now have at least one member of the Board sitting on the CLiP or the Chairman of the CLiP having ex officio membership of the Board.

  • Humanities Divisional CLiP - Chair: Professor Simon Horobin
  • Art History - Chair: Dr Martin Kauffmann
  • Classics - Chair: Professor Georgy Kantor
  • English - Chair: Professor Heather O'Donoghue
  • History - Chair: Dr Nicholas Davidson
  • Linguistics - Chair: Dr Peter Barber
  • Modern Languages - Chair: Professor Richard Cooper
  • Music - Chair: Professor Michael Burden
  • Oriental Studies: Ancient Near East and Middle East - Chair: Dr Laurent Mignon
  • Philosophy - Chair: Professor William Mander
  • Theology & Religion - Chair: Dr Katherine Southwood
  • Archaeology - Chair: Professor Dan Hicks
  • Film Studies - Chair: Dr Reidar Due
  • Oriental Studies: China and Korea - Chair: Professor Barent ter Haar
  • Oriental Studies: Japan - Chair: Professor Bjarke Frellesvig
  • Oriental Studies: South, Inner and South East Asia - Chair: Professor Chris Minkowski
  • Slavonic Sub-committee - Chair: Dr Mary MacRobert

The relevant Subject Librarian normally attends Faculty or Sub-faculty meetings to ensure that key points of library business can be presented and that queries can be answered directly.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The MPLS Divisional CLiPS meets termly, chaired by Professor Peter Holland, and reports to Curators. There are no departmental CLiPS within MPLS.

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education CLiPS meets termly, chaired by Professor Tom Buchanan, and reports to Curators.

Subject Librarians

You can email, phone, or speak in person to the librarian for your subject(s). You can find all of the details of who subject librarians are and how to contact them on the Subjects and Libraries pages.


If you have a general comment about a particular library, you can contact the site librarian or head of reader services for that library. Find contact details for each library.

If you have a general comment about the Bodleian Libraries as a whole, you can email Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian.

Comments books

All the Bodleian Libraries have a comments book where you can leave your feedback to staff. Ask at the desk.

Social Media

You can tell us what you think via Facebook or Twitter.

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