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


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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 2016-2017

Easter 2017

14th April - 18th April inclusive


Christmas 2016-2017

24th December - 2nd January inclusive


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 Lower Library and Basement 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 – swipe your card through the reader at the Library entrance and push the door when the light flashes green. 

If you are unable to access the Library with your card for any reason, please press the intercom 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).