Using the Library Safely

Whilst in the Library, to help maintain a safe and welcoming environment, please note the following:

  • Please wear a face covering when walking in the Library. You may take your mask off when seated at your desk. 
  • Enter via the door in Second Quad and exit via the door to Third Quad
  • Please use hand sanitizer upon entering the Library/reading rooms
  • Please make use of the clean/dirty signs as well as the cleaning stations around the Library to clean your desk after use

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Slots to use the Ground Floor reading room desk spaces in the Library can be booked here. Slots will be released a week in advance. This service is available Monday-Friday only, from 9am until midnight. Please note that you will not be able to stay in the Library between slots (i.e. 1pm-1:30pm/4.30pm-5pm). Belongings may not be left in the library between slots. No booking is needed for the 1st and 2nd floor reading rooms.

Schedule online

Remote Services

Even if you’re not currently in Oxford, or prefer not to use the library spaces, Oriel Library is still here to support you. We have a number of remote services to help you access library resources, and the library team are available via email to support your research and study needs remotely.

Access a scanned copy of up to 5-10% or 1-2 chapters (copyright-dependent) of a book, or one article in a periodical, from the Library’s collections. Alternatively, new books can be sent directly to you, as if borrowed from the Library. While it may not always be possible to fulfil your request, we will do our best to help you.

Being part of the University of Oxford gives you access to a wealth of online resources, from databases, to e-books, online journals, and much more. E-resources can be found via SOLO (SSO needed). Find subject-specific information on the Library’s WebLearn pages. The Library can also purchase e-books in some cases. Email us for support with finding and accessing online resources.

Email to find out more about accessing our remote services. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep in touch.

Book suggestion form

Is the book you need not in our collection? Fill in our book suggestion form and the Librarian will look into purchasing a copy. 

Study Aids

The Library has expanded its supply of borrowable study equipment, including book stands and noise-cancelling headphones. Please contact the Library via email on for more information.


Online induction material can be found here.