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

Subjects: English

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying Old Norse-Icelandic at the University of Oxford, although any students or researchers working in this field may find it useful. 

Use this guide to find out about the English Faculty Library’s collections in Old Norse-Icelandic. 

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.

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.

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