The Library has current subscriptions to key journals. All our journals are catalogued on SOLO, the library catalogue. You can also view a complete list in the Library or on our website
Journals are all for use in the Library only. Current issues are displayed on the periodical stand in the Reading Room while back issues may be found in the Lower Library.
You also have access to University's extensive electronic journal subscriptions. For more information, select the Finding Articles page
The Library has a large collection of films. More recent purchases are DVDs, but a large part of the collection is on video.
Films may be borrowed and are in addition to your book loan allowance. Films are on closed access, please ask at the Library Desk. There is also a video and DVD player available in the Library.
Only recordings added during the last few years are listed on SOLO, the library catalogue. This list is an indication of the titles held.
For more information on the film collection, please go to the Library website
The Library has a collection of around 70,000 books covering all subjects. Books are arranged using the Dewey Decimal system, also used in public libraries and some academic libraries. The main divisions are as follows:
|000 Computing science, generalities||500 Natural science and mathematics|
|100 Philosophy and Psychology||600 Applied science, medicine, technology|
|200 Religion||700 The arts|
|300 Social sciences||800 Literature|
|400 Languages||900 History and Geography|
Printed subject guides are available in the Library which give more details of the classification. See also the section in this guide on Researching your subject
Most books are on the lower floor of the Library. Books with shelfmark 941.01 and above are on the upper floor
Oversize books are located in the Lower Library (001 – 939) and in the Reading Room (940 – 999) and pamphlets can be found in the Lower Library (001-999). A separate collection of books and pamphlets relating to Local History (Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire) is also available in the Upper Library (001-942.59).
Reference books are available in the Reading Room. These include:
Many reference works are also available in electronic format, see the Electronic resources page of this guide