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A guide to using the facilities and resources available in the Library of the Queen's College, Oxford.

Special Notice

Please note that over the 2017 Long Vacation access to the library will be affected by ongoing book moves. If you are a current member, access arrangements will be subject to change but there will be reader spaces available. The library will be closed to visitors completely from 8am on 3rd July. We hope to be able to open to outside readers and visitors again sometime in the second half of August but please be aware that this timing might change. All enquiries regarding access to the Special Collections should be left until after the middle of August. We apologise in advance for the inconvenience this will cause.  Please be sure to keep an eye out on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.


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Staffed hours

Term time staffed hours

0th-8th weeks of term: 

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


9th week of term:            

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Note that these hours may be extended in Trinity Term 


Vacation staffed hours

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm


Closed periods 2017-2018

Easter 2017

14th April - 18th April inclusive

Christmas 2017-2018

23 December - January 1 2018 (inclusive): the entire Library will be closed.


Welcome to Queen's Library

The Queen’s College Library is one of the largest college libraries in Oxford, with approximately 50,000 volumes in the lending collection and a vast antiquarian collection of nearly 100,000 volumes.

We aim to stock all the core texts required for undergraduate courses, in multiple copies if necessary, and students are always welcome to make suggestions for purchases.

This guide aims to provide all the information you need to make effective use of the Library.  Library staff are always happy to help with any enquiries you might have.  


Current students can access the New Library and Lower Library with their card 24 hours a day, except during closed periods, but the Upper Library is only open during staffed hours.  The Upper Library may also sometimes be closed for events - look out for notices and emails advising you of this.

Please note that full access to the Library is restricted to current members.  It may not be used by members of other colleges except by arrangement with the Librarian.  Do not allow strangers to follow you into the Library.

Access to the Library is via your University card – hold your card to the proximity reader by whichever entrance you are using and it should open automatically. 

If you are unable to access the Library with your card for any reason, please use the intercom at the main entrance during staffed hours and a member of staff will help you.

Some areas of the library will be inaccessible during 2016-2017 due to the building of the new library extension and subsequent book moves. Please look out for emails and notices.

Additional services

The Library offers photocopying, printing and binding services.  Please ask at the enquiry desk for details.

Postcards, fridge magnets, booklets highlighting some of the Library's treasures, and our annual publication Insight can also be purchased at the enquiry desk.

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Visitors to the Upper Library

Current members may show guests the Upper Library between 12 noon and 12:45 pm on Saturdays during term.  At all other times guests will only be admitted to view the Library with the prior permission of a member of Library staff. However, visits during Trinity Term should be restricted to the Saturday slot only.

Always report to the enquiry desk on arrival with your guest(s).