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The Queen's College Library : Finding resources

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


To find what resources are available in Queen's, you need to search the Oxford union catalogue, SOLO: Search Oxford Libraries online.

SOLO is a search and discovery tool for the vast collection of resources in Oxford Libraries.  A simple search box will bring back results from Oxford's catalogue of printed and electronic books and journals, as well as articles in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).  You can also restrict your searches to items held in Queen's only.

Detailed help is available on the SOLO LibGuide, but Library staff are always happy to help if you need guidance with your searches.

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Locating an item in Queen's

When you find a book on SOLO that you are interested in, click on the Find & Request link to see if it is located in Queen’s.  If a Queen's item is listed, click on the plus sign to expand the holdings and see how many copies we have and if they are available.  Make a note of the Call number (also sometimes called a shelfmark or classmark) as you will need this to find the book on the shelves.  Look out for books that are not in the main collectionThere are several common locations you will come across on SOLO:

  • Queen’s College Library (with no additional information) – refers to our main collection, which is split across two floors. You will find what you are looking for either on the ground floor on the same level as the Library entrance, also known as the Lower Library, or in the New Library
  • Reference – the section just beyond the enquiry desk in the New Library - to the right as you pass through the entry gate.
  • Reserve Collection - this refers to items located in the roller racking in the New Library. 


If you require a book in another location (e.g. Upper Library, Historical Collections Reading Room or Vault, please speak to a member of staff.


SOLO lets you restrict your searches to electronic books only, or refine your search results to electronic resources afterwards.  

As well as online books and journals, a SOLO search will also return results from the Oxford Research Archive (ORA), a free online depository of articles written by Oxford academics.  Other collections will be searchable via SOLO as time goes on.

A-Z of Databases has replaced OxLIP+ as the platform for accessing e-resources. 

OU e-journals is a portal to all the online journals subscribed to by the University, organised alphabetically by title and subject.  These are the same journal titles that you will find on SOLO all in one place.

If you need help on how to access or use online resources, please email in the first instance, or come and see us at the enquiry desk. 

However, if you think there is a technical problem with one of the Bodleian Libraries’ resources, or you want to make comments or suggestions on their subscriptions, please email

Finding books on the shelves

Books are ordered on the shelves in alphanumerical order by their shelfmark.  In the Lower Library and Law Library, all books are classified using the Library of Congress scheme.

If you need help finding a section, consult the maps below or ask a member of staff.

Book requests

If there is a book you need for your course that is not held in Queen's, you may request that it be purchased for the Library.

Book requests can either be made by filling in the yellow form (located at the enquiry desk and by the self-issue machine), or using the online form below.

All requests will be sent to your tutor for approval and once approved are usually ready for you very quickly, sometimes within 48 hours.