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Bodleian Libraries Enquiry Service: Making an Enquiry

The Enquiry Service provided by the Main Enquiry Desk team of the Bodleian Library with additional information about broader library services.

Main Enquiry Desk

The Main Enquiry Desk in the Lower Reading Room of the Bodleian Library is the first port of call for library users to ask questions and get help with a wide range of common issues, such as:

  • Finding your way around the library
  • Reading room information
  • Locating open shelf material
  • Using the online catalogue SOLO
  • Ordering 'Closed Stack' material
  • Directions/Maps to other Bodleian Libraries

If you need help or have a problem, let us know. If we can't immediately answer your question, we will always do our best to find out the answer and get back to you.

I have an enquiry - what do I need to do?

If you have a quick question regarding the Bodleian and its collections, call us on 01865 277162

If your enquiry is more complicated, please email us at: so that we have all of the details and can devote sufficient time and resources to assisting you:

Alternatively, visit the Main Enquiry Desk, located at the North End of the Lower Reading Room of the Old Bodleian Library, where we will be happy to assist you.

Please read the information in this section prior to contacting us, if your enquiry is regarding any of the following topics: