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Anthropology: Getting started

A guide to resources for anthropologists at Oxford.

Tylor Library

The Tylor Library, also referred to as the Social and Cultural Anthropology Library, is located in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at 51 Banbury Rd. Within the school of anthropology it's complemented by the Balfour Library of the Pitt Rivers Museum, which collects material culture and visual anthropology print material.

Other Bodleian Libraries of interest to anthropologists include the Social Science Library and the Radcliffe Science Library, which may be useful for medical and biological anthropology in particular.

Opening Hours

  • 9.30am - 5.30pm, Monday - Friday (term-time & vacations)
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Saturday (term-time only)

Joining the library

All new readers should register with the library/reception office (51 Banbury Rd.). Generally if you have a full (blue) University card you may read and borrow. If you can't find staff in the library to help you, please ask in the main ISCA office (first floor of 51).

Readers must abide by the Bodleian Library Regulations.

Library Inductions

Other libraries for anthropology

Balfour Library The research library of the Pitt Rivers Museum (open by appointment only).

Social Science Library The SSL is a major teaching and research collection with useful material in anthropology and sociology, migration and other related fields.

Bodleian Library The main Bodleian Library is one of the key scholarly collections in Europe, and is entitled to receive all UK publications by Legal Deposit.

Social and Cultural Anthropology LibGuide

This page gives you links to key resources and information about new publications. The tabs below lead to more in-depth information about:

Articles & papers

Using online resources

Theses & dissertations



For researchers


If you wish to ask a question or seek more help then please contact the Tylor Library, or for subject enquiries the Subject Consultant.

MSc/MPhil research skills workshops

Powerpoint and workbooks will be uploaded after the workshops.

Medical Anthropology, Week 2, Thursday 2-3, 64 Banbury Road Lecture theatre

Social Anthropology, Week 2, Friday 1.30-2.30 64 Banbury Road Lecture theatre

VMMA, Week 3, Monday 11-12, 43 Banbury Road Seminar Room

CEA: Week 4, Friday 10-11 64 Banbury Road Lecture theatre


PRS Research Skills Toolkit

Delivered 10am Tues 30th Oct to PRS and 2nd year MPhil students.

New books

See below for a selection of new books added to the Library!   For new books on a specific region or theme, use the navigation tab at the top of the page.

Tylor Library Assistant

Martin Pevsner's picture
Martin Pevsner
Tylor Library
School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography
51-53 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6PE
01865 274671

Remote Access

There are three methods of accessing subscription resources off campus:
  • Single Sign On. Sign on to SOLO, OxLIP+ or your University email, and your browser retains the sign on. This allows you to access most e-resources as if you were on campus.
  • VPN (Virtual Private Network). Register with OU IT Service to log on to the network via VPN. Once logged on you can access all e-resources as if you were on campus.
  • Departmental Server. Members of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology can use all e-resources via the terminal server.
For further information see the Bodleian Libraries remote access guide.