Bodleian facade
Bodleian facade
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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 library system in the UK.

Bodleian Libraries

Is the integrated library service of the University of Oxford and 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. Visit the Bodleian Libraries website

The Bodleian Library

Is the University’s main research library and a legal deposit library. It 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. Visit the Bodleian Library website

College libraries

Every College has its own library, often consisting of a modern, working library and older collections. See more information on College libraries.

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 the Oxford University Museum of Natural History Library. Further information on all University libraries can be found using the 'Libraries A-Z' or ‘Subjects A-Z’ indexes.

Finding resources

SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) is the main search engine for library collections across Oxford, providing access to information in over 100 Oxford libraries including circa eight million bibliographic records and more than 13 million item records. It 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 ORA (Oxford University Research Archive), OxLIP+ (currently over 800 e-resource databases) and OU E-Journals (over 28,000 e-journals). Single Sign-On offers easy access to subscription resources, whether on or off campus. Visit the SOLO website. Find more information on finding resources at the Bodleian Libraries.

Digital projects and services 

The Bodleian is actively involved in developing new digital collections and services in close collaboration with students, researchers, and staff from around the University. To learn more about these services please see this overview or have a look at a selection of our past or current projects.