Libraries

Oxford meets the needs of its students, academics and the international research community with a wide range of library services provided by more than 100 libraries, making it the largest university library system in the UK.

  • Bodleian Libraries is the integrated library service of the University of Oxford. Established in 2000, it comprises nearly 40 libraries. There are major research libraries as well as libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University. The combined collections of Bodleian Libraries number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to vast quantities of materials in many other formats.
  • The Bodleian Library. This is the University’s main research library and is the second largest in the UK after the British Library. It has 120 miles of occupied shelving, 29 reading rooms and 2,490 places for readers.
  • College Libraries. Every College has its own library, often consisting of a modern, working library and older collections. Further information can be found on individual college websites.
  • SOLO - search service for library collections. SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) is now the main search engine for library collections.  SOLO offers a one-stop search and delivery solution for quickly accessing Oxford’s main library information resources regardless of type, format, or location. These include OLIS (Oxford's union catalogue of printed and electronic books), ORA (Oxford University Research Archive), OxLIP+ (currently over 800 e-resource databases) and OU E-Journals (over 28,000 e-journals).  Search results are presented with a wide array of additional links to improve resource discovery. The Single-Sign-On will offer easy access to subscription resources, whether on or off campus.
  • Oxford Libraries Information System. All Oxford libraries participate in the online catalogue (OLIS). It contains records for nearly seven million of the estimated ten million titles held by libraries associated with Oxford University.
  • E-resources. University libraries share an extensive range of e-resources across all subject areas.
  • Oxford Digital Library. Oxford is actively involved in developing electronic information, including electronic text archives and image databases. Through the Oxford Digital Library, the University is a leader in the digitisation of manuscripts and other library material.
  • Oxford University Libraries A-Z. The University also houses many departmental and museum libraries, such as the Museum of the History of Science Library and Oxford University Museum of Natural History Library - Hope Library. Further information about these, and all other University libraries, can be found using the 'Libraries A-Z' index.