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Using Linacre Library


Linacre College Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for college members and those with reciprocal arrangements.

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.

The Library Study Room is bookable at this link for Linacre students and fellows only. It is for group study and can be reserved for a maximum of two hours up to two weeks in advance.

Reference access may also be given to other University of Oxford students and staff members if material is not available at other Oxford libraries, please email in advance to make an appointment: A valid university card should be presented on arrival.

Linacre College Library is not open to members of the public apart from researchers consulting the Ryle Collection.

Library Regulations

Demand for space is high so please do not reserve study spaces or leave belongings on desks if you leave the library. The library does not take responsibility for any private possessions.

Please keep phones on silent and all conversation to a minimum.

Food and drink are not permitted in the library, with the exception of bottled water, which must be kept securely closed when not in use.


SOLO is the search tool or catalogue for the major collections of Oxford University’s libraries. Help guides on how to use SOLO are available at this link.

Linacre College has a multi-disciplinary library collection and this can be searched on SOLO by selecting ‘Linacre College Library’ in the drop-down box to the right of the main search bar.

Acquisitions are made in accordance to the Linacre Library Collection Policy. We welcome book suggestions from Linacre members so please email the Librarian with any recommendations.

Inter-Library Loans are a way of obtaining material that is not held in any Oxford libraries. Linacre College Library does not offer an Inter-Library loan service but university members can use the free service provided by the Bodleian Libraries.

To place a request, you will need to complete the online Inter-Library loan request form, which, together with full instructions, can be found here.

Borrowing, Returning and Renewing

The library operates via a self-issue system. All books must please be taken out via the self-issue terminal in the library lobby.

Returns should be placed in the book returns box in the same location.

Members can borrow up to 30 books at a time from the library. Books are loaned for four weeks, but will be recalled after two weeks if reserved by another student. Privileged readers are entitled to loans of up to eight weeks.

If a book you need is on loan and no other copies are available you can request the item through SOLO using a hold request.

You can renew books via the University's library system SOLO by signing into your account and selecting ‘loans’.

A cost-covering scheme will be implemented to recover the current replacement value of any items not returned from those who were borrowers.

Printing, Scanning and IT Support

Printing and scanning facilities are available in the Library 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, please email IT Support.  


Linacre College Library is committed to improving its services for those with disabilities. If you have any difficulty in accessing the library, using library materials or are unsure about how accessible the library would be to you please contact the Librarian

The library can arrange for longer loan periods, fetch books from the shelves, and provide reading aids and other assistance. See also the Bodleian Libraries' Services for disabled readers.

Contact for Help and Advice

The Library Team are available to help with any library or information questions you may have. Please send us an email or contact us to make an appointment at: