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Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature at the EFL: Introduction

Subjects: English

This LibGuide was created before March 2020. While many of the resources mentioned can be found online, there may be some references to physical resources which are currently inaccessible due to the temporary closure of the Bodleian Libraries. 

If you need help finding or using any of the online resources listed you can email us at

Opening hours

The lending collection in the Turville-Petre Room may be accessed: Monday–Friday, 9.00–17.00.

Details of closed periods will be posted in the Library and on the EFL website.

Readers using the TP Room must leave their Bodleian cards at the EFL Issue Desk.

Access policy

Current members of Oxford University requiring access to the lending collection for study or research may do so by registering as a borrower at the EFL. Special collections are available for reference use only.

External researchers may use the lending and special collections for reference at any time, preferably by appointment with the English Subject Librarian, Helen Scott.

Subject consultant

If you have a specific enquiry relating to our Old Norse-Icelandic collections please contact:

Helen Scott
English & Film Studies Librarian, Bodleian Libraries

Tel: 01865 271051

Old Norse-Icelandic at Oxford

The English Faculty at the University of Oxford is one of the UK's foremost centres for teaching and research in Old Norse and Icelandic language and literature. The English Faculty Library houses a rich collection of printed material relating to Old Norse-Icelandic studies and we are currently expanding our e-resources in this subject area.

All our holdings are listed on SOLO, the Bodleian Libraries' online catalogue.


The Turville-Petre Room at theEnglish Faculty,    University of Oxford


'The Tollund Man',
by Seamus Heaney, which he wrote out in the TP Room in 1990 when he was Professor of Poetry.