Library Provision

Michaelmas Term 2021 Update:

From Saturday 2nd October both library buildings will be open 24/7 – except on Fridays when the Library will be closed between 7.30 and 9.00 am to be sprayed with disinfectant.

PLEASE stick to all of the guidelines which we ask you to follow when using the Library. The guidelines are there to keep all of our students and staff safe. If you do not follow the guidelines we will have no choice but to limit access to the reading rooms in order to protect our community.

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:

  • We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering at all times inside the Library unless you are exempt under Government guidelines. 
  • Use hand sanitiser 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.
  • Keep windows open to improve ventilation.
  • 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. Library staff will clear anything left on the desks each morning at around 9.00am. If you start working early and take a break for breakfast, please leave us a note so that we do not move your things. 
  • No food is allowed in the Library. You can bring in water and hot drinks as long as they are in a bottle or cup with a secure lid.

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.

Click and Collect:

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. 
  • 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:

You can use the scanning service regardless of whether you are currently in Oxford or studying remotely.

  • 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 are not currently in Oxford.

What to do if you are self-isolating in Oxford:

  • 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 and send us an email to to say that you are self-isolating. The books will be delivered to you. 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.

Postal Loans:

During term time, we may be able to provide postal loans for students studying remotely outside Oxford:

  • Use the instructions for the Click & Collect service to place a request via SOLO for each title you want to receive.
  • After you have placed your request, email to say that you want to borrow the books by post and include your delivery address in the email.
  • Please limit your requests to 2-3 books at a time. We will not be able to post every book on a long reading list to you, so try to concentrate your requests on the most essential texts. If you are not sure which titles are the most essential to read, ask your tutor for advice.  You can place as many requests as you like, but in order to avoid going to the Post Office, we will limit each parcel to 2-3 books so that it is within the weight limit which we can send from the Lodge.
  • If another student requests a book which you have borrowed, you will receive a recall notice by email. Please return the book promptly or contact us if you are going to have any difficulty returning it. 
  • We will not charge you postage for books sent to you but if we recall a book from you for another student we would ask you to pay for the postage and to return the book promptly.

Requesting books for purchase:

Asking the Library staff for help:

You will usually find us at the staff desk in the reception area of each Library. If no-one is at the desk, press the buzzer and one of us will come to help you, or come and knock on 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. Staff are available Monday – Friday 09.00-13.00, 14.00-17:00. 

You can also contact us by email: