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Library Guide


logo   Study space

*** Due to restrictions and guidelines for cleaning of public areas the library opening times are 9am - Midnight, Monday - Friday. Contact IT Support for booking a desk during these times ***.  Visitors should contact the Librarian for an appointment during office hours.

The Main Library is reserved for quiet study. The Small Study Room is designed for group study, and may be booked for up to 3 hours at a time for group work or tutorials.  You can find the booking diary for the Study Room here.  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.

Demand for study space is high, so we provide crates for students to store books and other study materials in the library while they are not studying there. Please check out any Linacre Library books you are storing in your crate.


logo    Computers and printers

Most of the study spaces in the main library are equipped with high-spec computers.  They are provided with a good range of software, including MS Office, MATLAB, SPSS, EndNote, and other commonly used programmes.  Wireless access is available throughout the library using Eduroam. See the IT pages on how to set up your laptop. There is also a printer and a scanner in the library.

Access to the library computers is available via your University Single-sign-on. 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 is available to help with any library or information queries you may have. Her office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10a.m. to 3.30p.m. Or contact her by email 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 and computers is high in the Library, so please do not reserve study spaces or leave computers logged in to your account.  You can store books and other study materials  in a crate if you are going to be away from the library for longer than a short break.  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.

Please be quiet in the Main Library.  If you want to talk, use the Small Study Room or the Printer Room.

Food and drink are allowed in the library, but please do not make a mess (or a smell!) and clear up all your food, packets, plates, mugs etc. when you leave the library.