The Library is at the heart of Wolfson, Oxford’s most international and interdisciplinary graduate college. 

Click here for more information about safe use of the Library during Covid-19.

College Library

We have 48,500 physical items over three floors to aid you in your study and research. Please see our current opening hours, which remain generous.

We have comfortable reading spaces in a variety of reading rooms; Jessup, Floershiemer, Hornik, Andrew Watson and the Library Breakout Space. Desks and individual study carrels with WiFi are available throughout.

Our staff are available to help Monday-Wednesday & Fridays 9 am-5 pm, by emailing

To consult our special collections please contact our Librarian

Services and E-Resources during the Pandemic and Beyond

 The Library is open betwen 8.30am and  5.30 am.  It will be closed between 5.30 am and 8.30am each morning to allow for cleaning of library spaces.

The Library will be closed on Monday monrings between 8.00am and 1.30pm to permit library staff to safely carry out essential library duties. 

Please note that the periods when the library is closed also apply to the carrels and access will not be permitted during those times, so please plan accordingly.

Entrances and Exits
Entrance and exits to the Library  are at level one using the main Library entrance or through the door to the Marble Hall at the far end of the Library.

Hand sanitising
All readers are asked to ensure that hands are washed and/or sanitised before, after and regularly during their visit to the Library.

Social distancing
Readers are asked to ensure that the approprite distance is always maintained whilst using the Library.  Readers are only permitted to use the desks, workstations and chairs indicated. Please be considerate of others using the library. 

Face coverings
Readers must always wear face coverings whilst in the Library, unless disability exemption applies. The government has produced a free face covering `exemption card` which users may wish to download here.

Carrel users are asked to open the windows and have the door ajar whilst working a carrel to maximise ventilation and air flow.

Users are asked to clean down the surfaces of the desk and/or workstation or printer which they have used using the sanitizers provided.

Readers must not remove books from the shelves All books will be made available to readers via the Request and Fetch system, and will be fetched within three days. If you require regular and/or repeated access to dictionaries, encyclopaedias and other reference works, please discuss your needs with the Librarian. Book(s) should be returned to the trolley in the Lodge. They should be placed in the envelopes provided and clearly dated. Your SOLO account will be updated once staff shelve your book(s).

Personal items
Readers should only bring items they need for their immediate study to the Library. In order to maximise availability of space for users, readers must not leave possessions in the Library when they leave, including during lunchtime and overnight. Books and papers should not be left on desks.

Printers are available in the Library Breakout Space and the Library. Readers should maintain the social distance indicated. Readers should use the sanitizers provided to wipe down surfaces after use. Readers should use the remote printing option.

Computer workstations
Computer workstations are available to readers in the Library. Due to reduced availability, Readers are asked to use their own laptops in the Library whenever possible.

Casual Carrels
Casual carrels can be booked online. A maximum of four hours a day can booked.   Carrels must be kept well ventilated. All surfaces should be cleaned after use.

Details of current Bodleian and Faculty Library openings and services can be found on the Bodleian’s Library updates webpage. Helpful videos about the services offered can be found here.

Scan and Deliver – to request scans to be made from our collections and emailed to you.

Click and Collect –to enable access to the Bodleian Libraries' lending collections while usual borrowing procedures are suspended due to the restrictions on access to library sites.

Print and Deliver – to enable access to electronic Legal Deposit materials under current coronavirus restrictions.


Use SOLO to search physical and electronic items available across the University's libraries, including over a billion records for articles and other e-resources, both open access and restricted to members of the University of Oxford. 


Access over 1.4 million e-books via SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to find e-books that can be accessed offsite – look for the green online access icon. Some e-books are restricted to current members of the Uiversity. Find information about alumni access here.

The bookBod LibGuide for e-books has details of new resources as they become available including helpful advice for accessing them and getting the best use out of the text. 

There are bookLibGuides available for all subjects highlighting the existing e-resources and new ones too. New resources are being added all the time so re-check from time-to-time to see if something you need has become available.

Access over 118,000 e-journal titles via SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to show resources that can be accessed offsite – look for the green online access icon. Also now available is BrowZine:  a streamlined access to online journals either directly from SOLO, via the BrowZine app or website or Chrome extension. Book  LibGuide to Browzine. Some e-books are restricted to current members of the Uiversity. Find information about alumni access here.

 ORLO  ORLO Oxford Reading Lists Online
Explore reading lists for a selection of courses across all divisions on ORLO, with access to scanned book chapters where available.

Access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas. Visit book Databases A-Z or search SOLO.   These provide full text access to books chapters,  conference proceedings, articles.

The most important databases across the board — multi-disciplinary, and providing access to an exceptional range of academic content:

British Library Newspapers - more than 160 newspaper titles, with around 5.5 million pages of historic content

Cambridge Core

Dissertations & Theses Global


ECCO: Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Gale Primary Sources



Nexis UK

Oxford Scholarship Online

Periodicals Archive Online

Periodicals Index Online



U.K. Parliamentary Papers

Web of Science

Wiley Online Library

Digital Bodleian

Search and explore the Bodleian's collections on Digital Bodleian, with over 900,000 images of c.16,000 collection items.

ORA ORA and other institutional Repositories

 The Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) is  an archive of research materials produced by members of the University of Oxford from all disciplines (Humanities, Maths, Physical & Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences . It provides a single point of public access to electronic copies of peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, working papers, reports, book sections and unpublished  academic work and theses by Oxford authors. The full text and abstracts of many items within the archive can be downloaded free of charge by anyone with an Internet connection and new full texts are being added daily.

Repositories such as ORA are becoming commonplace in HE institutions Readers can search and access material from  the Institutional repositories of other universities  (UK, International).

Open AccessOpen Access


Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge including for those who do not have personal or institutional subscriptions to journals, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.  

  Google scholarGoogle Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.         

Google BooksGoogle Books

Google Books is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database

  Project Gutenberg  Project Gutenberg

 Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks. It is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, and most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public-domain books.