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Education: research guide: Bodleian Education Library


Main book collection

Search the Library's collections using SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online), to find shelfmarks for the books you need.

The main sequence of books is arranged by Library of Congress classification. Please use the shelfmark guide (linked on the left) if you would like to know more about the way our books are arranged. Please ask staff if you need any help finding your material.

Oversize books are marked as "Oversize" on the catalogue and are located in a separate sequence, in the front 'Reference' reading room.

Bodleian Libraries' Closed Stack

We have many more books stored offsite which you can request to be brought to the Education Library for you to consult. You collect your requests from staff at the reception desk. These items are for reference only so they cannot be borrowed and must be returned to reception before you leave the library.

There is also an "Offsite scan" service, enabling you to request a scan of a chapter or article, which is sent to you as a PDF. This costs £2.00 per request. Special arrangements exist for our distance learners.



A small collection of print journals useful for teaching ideas are available in the Discussion Room.

Many thousands more titles, including most research journals, are also available online, searchable from SOLO.

Teaching Resources

Teaching resource collection

This collection of books is intended to support Secondary PGCE lesson planning and matches each of the main curriculum areas taught in the department. There is also a section on English Language Teaching.  The collection does not aim to be comprehensive, but rather to give examples and inspiration for use and critical comparison.

Resources are arranged by curriculum area, in the following ways:

Religious education 200-
Modern Foreign Languages 400-
English Language Teaching
Sciences 500-
Mathematics 510-
English 800-
Geography 910-
History 940-