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Jesus College Libraries: Meyricke Library

The main library for members of Jesus College (including staff) is the Meyricke Library. Wi-Fi is available throughout the Library.

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Finding books

Books in Jesus College appear in SOLO, the library catalogue covering the majority of the library collections of the University of Oxford. You can check SOLO anywhere without logging in.

If the book you want is on loan to another reader, you can place a hold on it. You will receive an email once the book is available. If it's urgent, please contact the Library.

Requesting books

Can't find a book on your reading list? We encourage you to recommend books for the Library, including additional copies of textbooks.

Although the Library cannot guarantee to buy every book suggested, remember that the College offers book grants.

Printing and copying

The photocopier in the Lower Library also offers scanning and colour printing. To report a fault, please use the IT help request form.

DVD Library

The JCR & MCR DVD collection is housed in the Upper Library. You may borrow DVDs in exactly the same way as books.

Organ Studies Library

The John Wellingham Organ Studies Library is a collection of 150 organ scores and textbooks available to all current organ scholars at Oxford (and others on application). The collection is catalogued on SOLO. Please email both the Chaplain and the Librarian to arrange a visit.

Meyricke Library

The Meyricke Library is open for browsing and borrowing, from 9.30 a.m. until 9.30 p.m., 7 days a week, with a closure for cleaning between 12.30 and 1.30 p.m. If you wish to stay and study, please book an early or late study session.

Face coverings are required unless you have an exemption. Please clear and clean your desk as you leave.

Three reading rooms offer you a variety of study spaces:

Meyricke Upper Library

  • The Lower Library contains law, science, and English literature, as well as the Student Support collection on welfare and study skills.
  • The Upper Library holds books in the humanities and social sciences.
  • The Periodicals Room holds theology, serial publications in the humanities, and Oxford history.

Elsewhere in College, there is a dedicated Graduate Study Room (XI.6) with 8 seats; these do not need to be booked.

If you cannot get to the library during opening hours, you can use our Click & Collect service. Find the book you need on SOLO, choose 'Jesus College Library', and click the green Request button. Staff will have the book ready for you the next working day.

Finally, we can Scan & Supply single book chapters and journal articles from the collections, within copyright restrictions. 

Borrowing, returning, and renewing books

The Library is self-service. To borrow, take your books to the self-service machine in the entrance corridor, choose 'Borrow & Renew', scan your University Card, and place the books on the pad. You may take the books once the computer has registered the loan.

There is no limit to the number of books you may borrow, but you must be able to return them promptly if required by another reader.

Books can be borrowed until the end of each term or for the vacation. You will receive an automatic reminder when your books are due for return or renewal. Note that if you pass a book to another student in college, you are still responsible for it.

To return books, choose 'Return' at the self-service machine, place the books on the pad, then leave them on the shelving trolley.

You can renew your books through SOLO using your Single Sign-On. If your books have become overdue, please ask staff to renew them for you.

Student Support collection

The Student Support collection (section SS in the Lower Library) holds books on study skills and welfare issues, whether for your own use, or to help you support a friend. Borrowing is anonymous: neither staff nor students can see who has which books. Simply take the books you need from the shelves. When you have finished with them, place the books directly on the returns trolley.

Readers with disabilities

Readers with disabilities, and prospective students, are invited to contact the Librarian to discuss support in using the Library. A guide to access to the College buildings is available on the main College website.

Students may nominate another member of College, or a support worker approved by the University's Disability Advisory Service, to accompany them in the Library or borrow books on their behalf. Library staff can deliver books to the Lodge for readers who cannot access the Library: simply email with the books you need and we will issue them within one working day; you can also return them to the Lodge. Please ask staff if you would like to reserve a desk in one of the ground floor reading rooms.

Contact the Library

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Office open - please drop in: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Telephone: (01865) 279704
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Owen McKnight (College Librarian)

More in Oxford

Jesus College Libraries are independent of the Bodleian Libraries, but college members are entitled to use the Bodleian's services. These include extensive e-resources (books, journals, and databases) and interlibrary loan. The Bodleian also offer LibGuides for subjects taught at Oxford.

Note that, in general, members of Jesus College may not use the libraries of other colleges. However, books held only in college libraries and not in the Bodleian may be consulted by appointment. Jesus College Libraries do not otherwise participate in interlibrary loan or reciprocal access arrangements.

Similarly, students from other colleges (and Old Members of Jesus College) may only use the Meyricke Library by appointment.