Oriel has two main libraries for you to use, accessible from Second and Third Quad. The Pantin Library (also known as the Junior Library) holds the main collection of books and the Senior Library holds our incredible special collections.
The Pantin Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for Oriel students, staff and Fellows. It is self-service, although Library staff are always happy to help during the office hours which are 9am-5pm on Monday to Friday.
The Senior Library (which opened in 1795) is available as a study space from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday during 1st-8th week. Requests to use the Senior Library outside the specified timings is by appointment with the Librarian only. The rare books and Orielensia (books by and about former students) are available for consultation via prior agreement with the Librarian.
The College Archives are also located within the Library and are home to documents from 1150 to the present day. Please contact the Archivist if you would like to view them. We hope you agree that Oriel Library is a unique, welcoming environment for study and please do not hesitate to contact Library staff if you have any queries, feedback or requests.
Using the Library
Here’s a guide on how to make use of our Library.