Using the Library Safely

The Library is currently open for pre-booked study sessions (10am-midnight, Monday-Friday), book returns and Click and Collect collections only. Please only attend the Library if you have booked and your appointment has been confirmed by library staff. It is not possible to browse the Library at this time, please use Click and Collect instead.

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

  • Please wear a face covering at all times, unless exempt
  • 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
  • All returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being shelved.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Slots to use the 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, between 10am till midnight. Please note that you will not be able to stay in the Library between slots (i.e. 1pm-1:30pm/4pm-6pm). Belongings may not be left in the library between slots.

Schedule online

Book returns

Timeslots to return books can be booked here. Each slot lasts for 15 minutes and this service is available Monday-Friday, during 10am-11.45pm. Library staff will contact you via email to confirm or rearrange your session. Please only attend the Library if your session has been confirmed.


It is not possible to browse the Library at this time. Please use Click and Collect instead.

Click and Collect

A temporary, staff-mediated click and collect service is available. Eligible items can be identified on SOLO with the green ‘Request’ button. You will need to be logged into SOLO using your SSO to see this option and a maximum of 10 items can be requested at one time. Library staff will contact you when your items are available for collection.

Not all items in the Library are available for Click and Collect. Please email if you are looking to access any items that are not available via Click and Collect.

Remote Services

Even if you’re not currently in Oxford, 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.