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Library Guide


logo   Study space

*** The Library is currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen in Michaelmas Term 2022.**

Visitors should contact the Library for an appointment during office hours.
The Main Library is reserved for quiet study. A Group Study room and printing and scanning facilities are also available. There is additional study space (along with computers, a printer and a scanner) in Study Room 1 on the top floor of the O.C. Tanner building and Abraham Building.
Demand for study space is high, so please use the space considerately.


logo    Computers and printers

There are currently no computers in the study spaces in the Library however a printer and scanner is available in the Printer Room. Wireless access is available throughout the library using Eduroam. See the IT pages on how to set up your laptop. If you have any problems with the college IT facilities, email IT Support). 


logo    Books to support your study

The library has a remit to support taught-Masters' courses with copies of their main textbooks, but we will also consider purchasing other requests from both taught and research students. We aim never to leave a student stranded - if a book is not suitable for purchase and not available at another library in Oxford, we will borrow a copy via inter-library loan. To suggest a book for purchase or request an inter-library loan email the Librarian.

You can borrow up to 30 books at a time from the library. Books are loaned for four weeks at a time, but will be recalled after two weeks if reserved by another student.  You can renew books via the University's library system Solo. We don't charge fines, but will charge the replacement cost for lost books or reserved books books not returned on request. Students check out their own books on the Self-issue Terminal in the library lobby, and return them in the secure Book Return Box in the same location.


logo    Document supply and interlibrary loans

Linacre College Library can supply you with loans of books and copies of articles not available in Oxford libraries through our British Library account.  

Students have an allowance of 10 free loans/articles per year, after which we charge the current Bodleian Libraries rate. Simply email the Library with the details of the book or article you wish to obtain, and we will put in your order straight away.  Orders seldom take more than a day or two to arrive, and can be delivered to your email or pigeonhole.


logo    Help and advice

The Librarian and Library Assistant are available to help with any library or information queries you may have. Contact the Library via at


logo   Students with disabilities

If you have difficulty in accessing the library or using library materials or computers, please talk to the Librarian. The Library can arrange for longer loan periods, fetching books from the shelves, the provision of reading aids and other assistance. See also the Bodleian Libraries' Information for disabled readers.


logo    Bookswap

The library Bookswap, for recreational reading, is located in the library lobby.  It works on the 'bring one, borrow one' principle, and has lots of recent paperbacks.


logo    Gilbert Ryle Collection

Linacre College Library houses the collection of Gilbert Ryle, which he left to the college.  The collection is housed in locked cabinets on the floor below the Library.  If you wish to consult any of these books, email the Librarian. All the books are catalogued on the University's main catalogue, Solo.

Read more about the Ryle Collection here.


logo    Using the Library considerately

Demand for space is high in the Library, so please do not reserve study spaces or leave belongings on desks whilst you are away from the Library.  If you are using library books long-term in the library, please check them out to yourself or they will be untraceable by your fellow students.

Doors will be open to increase ventilation so please be quiet throughout the Library as noise will carry.