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Opening hours

The library is open to members 24/7 and is exclusively for the use of  college members.
Staff will usually be available between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday and may be found in the library or  Library and Archives Office.



College Librarian

Library Assistant

Antiquarian Cataloguer


01865 277826/7



BNC Library is open to members 24 hours a day. It is a pleasing, friendly and supportive place in which to study. It is intended exclusively for the use of college members therefore guests are not allowed without the College Librarian's approval in advance of any visit.

The library is usually staffed between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday most weeks of the year although this is subject to change during vacation periods. Please note that as part of the library's collection requires staff assistance for retrieval, certain books and periodicals are only available during working hours.

The Librarian aims to meet the needs of library users and attaches particular importance to buying books and making them available as quickly as possible, often within 24 hours, in response to students' requests. In this way the College library compliments the many and varied library resources available in Oxford.

The Libraries

The Greenland and Stally constitute the Brasenose College Libraries. Within the Greenland Library you will find the history library, Smith Reading Room and Del Favero Reading Room.  They are generally referred to as “the library” for convenience.

Del Favero Reading Room  – modern languages, English language and literature, philosophy, ancient history, classics, economics, management, theology and general reference items such as dictionaries.

History Library  – history and politics (access is via the Del Favero Reading Room Library).

Smith Reading Room  – physics, chemistry, maths and computing, engineering, geography, biological sciences (including medicine), music and art.

Stallybrass (Stally) – law.

Collaborative Study Room

Located at the Chapel end of the Smith Reading Room this is a flexible space that contains an iBoard Touch; white board; foldup tables; and chairs. Configurations may be a desk format for collaboration and general study or cinema layout to view a film or presentation if the screen is in use. It may be booked on a first come first served basis by students. When not pre-booked the space is available to anybody as regular study space. The sign-up sheet is outside the room. If you are unable to sign up in person please email your request  to

Please note that this is not a teaching room. Examples of acceptable use are: students wishing to work together; screening films/presentations related to study (groups or individuals); practising presentations.


A work in progress...

These guide pages are just the beginning, and we will be adding more information to them throughout the term.

Please do email us if there is information you would like to see included here.

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