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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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please refer to our website to see our current opening hours as a result of Covid-19. These are subject to change and we are unable to guarantee regular opening hours whilst the situation remains unstable. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


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


Welcome to Queen's Library

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please refer to our website for the latest information regarding library usage during 2021. The situation is likely to change regularly and updates will be communicated via the website and email. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. 


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.

Information for Students with Disabilities

The Queen’s College Library is an inclusive environment with access for all. Students with disabilities should contact the Academic Administrator in the first instance who is the Disability Co-Ordinator for Queen’s so they can discuss their needs prior to starting their course. Library specific support is available on an anticipatory basis but students with disabilities are encouraged to be pro-active and contact the Library. The Reader Services Librarian is the disability contact within the Library but other members of the Library team will also be able to help. Students with disabilities might also be contacted directly to ensure they are receiving appropriate support and are aware of what the Library can offer. 


For further information about disability support in Oxford's libraries, see the Bodleian LibGuide for Disabled Readers

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Visitors to the Upper Library

COVID-19 UPDATE: No visitors are currently permitted due to Covid-19.

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).