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Regent's Park College Home: Using the library

Regent's Park College

Finding items in the library

The main collection is in the main reading room of the college library. It is organized on a numerical classification system from 000 to 900. The labels on the bookcases will indicate what range of shelfmarks you will find in those bookcases.

There is a reference-only section on the shelves in front of you as you go into the library (on the shelves facing to the left). If you are looking for a book with a shelfmark containing REF, it is likely to be here.

There is a small welfare collection, which is housed in the journals room at the back of the library. Turn right through the double doors at the far end of the library, and right again, to find it.

We have some DVDs which are available to borrow. These are kept in the library office, so come and find the librarian (Monday to Friday, 9 to 5) to borrow these. We also have two DVD drives that you can borrow.

Borrowing, Renewing & Returning books

Borrowing books:

This library uses a self-issue machine which allows you to borrow books whenever the library is open, even when no staff members are present. It is important that all books that you wish to borrow and take from the library are issued to you. By not doing so, you make it difficult for others to find and use books.

You will need to manage the number of books you have out on loan at any one time and please do not ignore any notices that come from the Library requesting reserved or overdue books to be returned. Sign into your SOLO account to check due dates and to renew books.

Borrowing limits:

Undergraduates at Regent’s Park College may borrow up to 15 books from our library at a time. This limit is separate from the borrowing limits at the faculty libraries or any other libraries within the university which allow borrowing.

Postgraduates at Regent’s Park College may borrow up to 25 books from our library at a time. Again, this limit is separate from the borrowing limits at the faculty libraries or any other libraries within the university which allow borrowing.

Due dates:

For both undergraduates and postgraduates, all books are due on Wednesday of 8th week of whichever term they were borrowed in. Books may be borrowed for the vacation periods from the Tuesday of 7th week of each term. Books borrowed over vacations are due on the Wednesday of 1st week of each term.

Make sure you check the due dates.

Renewing books:

Books that are not yet overdue can be renewed online by logging in to your SOLO account. To renew books that are overdue, please contact the Library staff at

Returning books:

Please place books in the book return box situated outside the main library doors.


Extra help


The college library and the David Nicholls Collection are only accessible via stairs. However, provisions are available to facilitate library use for individuals with disabilities or for whom stairs are awkward. Please contact us at and we will make the most appropriate arrangements to meet your needs.

There is a stair lift down to the Angus Library and Archive. Please contact in advance of your visit.


Loan periods are automatically set for up to a term (or the whole vacation) at a time and renewals are unlimited (except if a book is overdue or has been reserved by another user). We do not charge fines for overdue books.

If you have a disability or develop a disability during your time here please contact the Library staff at the earliest opportunity as there  may be ways in which we can assist you.

For general information about the support you can get from the Bodleian Libraries team, please visit For more information on specialised services please visit

Photocopying, printing and IT support

There is a photocopier/printer available for student use just outside the library entrance.


College IT support:


University IT support:

Don’t forget that many of our services (e.g. Nexus, eduroam, VPN, WebLearn) are provided by the University, and their staff can help you with many basic issues.


Useful “how-to” links:


Costs for printing and photocopying:

The price for printing and photocopying  A4 black and white is 6p/page. Prices for colour and A3 are displayed above the machine.