Book a Discussion Room

The Bodleian Social Science Library has two Group Discussion Rooms and an Information Skills Training Room available for academics or students to book. All the rooms are accessible within the Library space on the ground floor. All use of our rooms follows the University’s Code of Practice on Meetings and Events (PDF 61KB).

While access to the library is by advance booking only, all users of the Discussion Rooms must have booked an "Open Plan" workspace in the library, and must observe the maximum capacity/social distancing restrictions.

In order to book the room for the exclusive use of a group, please follow the instructions below. 

The Library Committee has set the following policy concerning their use:

  1. These rooms may only be booked for the use of members of the Social Sciences Division (and students of Economic and Social History) for academic, University of Oxford-related purposes.
  2. The Library Information Skills Training Room may only be booked if the equipment in it is needed (projector, 20 PCs and trainer's PC).
  3. Room bookings must be made at least two hours in advance. There is no limit on how early a room booking may be made, but please do not make a booking unless you are certain you require it. 

Please click on the link for the room you wish to book to check availability before contacting the Bodleian Social Science Library. Once you have checked availability, please email ( or telephone 71093 with the following details:

  • The date you want to book the room
  • The time (include a start and finish time)
  • Your name, telephone number, and email address
  • Name of the session

Large Discussion Room
(Boardroom layout: usually seats 16 people (currently 6 due to social distancing restrictions), white board, powerpoints and 3 ethernet points, television and video/DVD player, LCD projector and screen)

Small Discussion Room
(Boardroom layout: usually seats 8 people (currently 2 due to social distancing restrictions), white board*, powerpoints and 3 ethernet points, LCD projector and screen)

Information Skills Training Room
(Classroom layout: 20 PCs plus 1 trainer's PC, LCD projector and screen). Occupancy is currently restricted to 10 due to social distancing.

Q-Step Centre Teaching Lab
(Classroom layout: Priority use of the Q-Step Teaching Lab is for scheduled Q-Step classes and summer schools run by the Department of Politics & International Relations. Tutors from other Departments and Centres in the Social Sciences Division can book the Lab for teaching, when it is not being used by DPIR for undergraduates.)

Please note: There is a strict no food and drink policy in the library. Bottled water, and other liquids contained within a KeepCup are allowed.
Rooms booked in the evening or at weekends will shut 15 minutes before library closing time.


All four rooms are equipped with projectors and screens. The remote controls for the projectors in can be borrowed from the Library Issue Desk.

Filming in the Discussion Rooms

Filming in the discussion rooms is permitted, if:
  • All individuals involved have agreed to be filmed; 
  • The area is closed off so that no one is filmed accidentally 
  • The filming is for academic, non-commercial purposes.
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