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Hertford College Library: Isolation services

Information about using Hertford College Library for college members, prospective students and visitors.

Hertford Library services for readers in isolation

Library staff will assist readers wherever possible to access resources during isolation. Readers with questions about this service should contact

Information about services provided by the Bodleian Libraries, including collection of books by friends (aka Proxy Borrowing) is available at

Returning library books

Do not return books to the library during isolation. Renew books online via SOLO. If books cannot be renewed then contact for assistance.

Books should be returned after isolation is completed.

Books will be quarantined in line with current policy after return.

No overdue fines will be charged.

Borrowing library books

The following guidance applies to all students:

  1. If an ebook is available then students will be asked to use this, unless they have a disability or learning difficulty that means they particularly benefit from print format books.
  2. If only a chapter is required then the library will supply this as a PDF via email. Chapter scan requests can be made via
  3. Deliveries to isolating households will be grouped by household to avoid multiple trips.

Isolating students on main site

Email with the details of the Hertford Library books you require. Provide as much detail as possible, including edition, author and title and your location.

Isolating students in offsite Hertford owned accommodation

Ask a non-isolating Hertford friend or contact the Hertford MCR or JCR Welfare Reps to arrange a book collection on your behalf.

Order books via click and collect. You will receive a confirmation email when the books are ready to collect. They will be in a bag with your name on in the click and collect area. Any Hertford member can collect these books for you during library open times, currently 12-7pm daily.

Isolating students in private accommodation

EITHER Follow option above for students in offsite Hertford owned accommodation.

OR If a non-Hertford member is assisting you then contact to arrange for a book bag to be left at the Lodge for collection. Non-Hertford members cannot access Hertford Library so must collect from the Lodge.

OR If you are able to receive postal deliveries from Royal Mail then you can request a postal loan via

Renew your books online