Library Provision

Changes to opening hours:

  • The Library will be closed daily from 5.00am until 10.00am for cleaning  and for the Librarians to re-shelve books. 
  • If you are working in the Library overnight, please leave when the Night Porter tells you to and take all of your belongings with you.


DO NOT come into either Library if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been told to self-isolate after being in close contact with someone who has symptoms.

Using the Library:

  • Wear a face covering at all times inside the Library unless you are exempt under Government guidelines.
  • Use hand sanitizer when you enter the Library, and before and after using the printers and PCs.
  • Use the cleaning supplies in the reading rooms to wipe down your workspace before and after you use it.
  • Fill in the sign-in sheet at the desk where you are working.
  • Keep windows open to improve ventilation.
  • Do not move the chairs to another desk or position. The reading rooms have been carefully arranged in order to maintain social distancing whilst you are studying.  
  • Take all of your belongings with you when you’ve finished working for the day and do not leave anything on the desks overnight. This will help the Scouts when they do the morning cleaning.
  • Group Study Rooms on the first floor of the Tim Gardam Building may be used by a maximum of 1 person or a group of people from 1 bubble. Group Study Rooms can be booked in advance by emailing
  • Keep 2m away from other Library users when you are walking around the buildings.
  • Do not eat in the Library. Bottled water and hot drinks in a cup with a secure lid are still allowed.

Browsing, borrowing and returning books

  • If you use books in the Library but do not want to borrow them, post them into the book return in the Tim Gardam Building or put them onto the book returns section of the Library staff desk in Hartland House. Do not leave them on desks or put them back onto shelves.
  • All books will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours before being reshelved.

Click and Collect:

We know that some of you might be feeling nervous about being in communal spaces. If you prefer not to enter the reading rooms to fetch your books, you can use the Click and Collect service:

  • Sign in to SOLO (
  • Look up the title in St Anne’s Library which you want to request.
  • On the shelf location page, click on the green REQUEST button.
  • You will receive an email when the book is ready to collect. Staff aim to fetch books at least twice a day on Mondays to Fridays.
  • Collect your book within 3 days from the trolley in the entrance area to the Tim  Gardam Building. The book will already be checked out to you.

Scanning Service:

We will continue to provide the scanning service which we started during the lockdown.

  • Up to 1 chapter/1 article or 10% of a book can be scanned and sent by email.
  • Use the request form on the Library website ( which includes a copyright declaration. We cannot send any scans to you without confirmation that you have read and agree to the copyright declaration.
  • If the service becomes busy, staff will prioritize requests from students who are self-isolating or, for welfare reasons, prefer not to come into the Library.

What to do if you are self-isolating:

  • Where possible, use the e-books and e-journals provided via SOLO. If you cannot find a particular book or article online, let us know. We may be able to help you to find the text or suggest it to the Bodleian for purchase.
  • Use the Scanning Service to request digital copies of chapters or articles.
  • If you are living on-site use the Click and Collect service to request print copies of books in the College Library. Student helpers are available to collect and deliver the books for you. You should have access to a list of the helpers but please contact the Library if you have not been able to arrange for a helper to deliver your books. If you are living off-site or in private rented accommodation we may be able to deliver books to you depending on your location. Note: books from the Bodleian Libraries cannot be delivered to you.
  • Do not return your Library books whilst you are self-isolating.

What to do if you are studying remotely:

  • Use the e-books and e-journals provided via SOLO.
  • Use the Scanning Service to request digital copies of chapters or articles.
  • If you are struggling to access resources, contact us to discuss what you need so that we can find the best way to support you.

Requesting books for purchase:

Finding the Librarians:

The Library team will be working in their offices rather than staffing the reception desks – but we’re still there to help you. We’ve installed doorbells at the staff desks in both libraries so you can buzz for us from the reception area, or come and knock at our office doors. Clare’s office is on the 1st floor of the Library in Hartland House. Sally is in the June Knowles Room, and Duncan and Lauren are in the Library office, both on the ground floor of the Tim Gardam Building. You can also contact us by email There will be at least one member of staff available during these hours in term-time:

Monday – Friday 09.00-13.00, 14.00-17:00