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Contacting the Library

College Librarian

Yvonne Murphy
Tel.: 01865 272797

Deputy Librarian

Gillian Beattie
Tel.: 01865 272728

Office hours

9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Quick links

SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online)

Databases A-Z - find e-resources for your subject area

Bodleian Libraries

Keble College Library website

Keble College Library on Twitter

Opening hours and admissions

Keble Library is open to all current members of College 24 hours a day throughout the year. You will need your University card to swipe into the Library, for identification, and to borrow books.

Other members of the University who are not members of Keble may be admitted by appointment to consult material in the Library on a reference-only basis, if the book required is not held by any other Oxford library - please email the Librarian to make an appointment.

Finding books

Keble Library's books are catalogued on SOLO, the catalogue for the major collections of the libraries of the University of Oxford. Further information on searching for resources and managing your loans is available in the 'Using SOLO' tab above.

We welcome recommendations from College members of books for purchase - if you would like to suggest a title, please complete a Book Suggestion Form (available at the service desk or to download from the Library website) and pass it to your Keble tutor for endorsement.

Borrowing, renewing, and returning books

Books are issued and returned using the self-issue terminal on the Library service desk. For undergraduates, books are lent for the term or for the vacation; for postgraduates, books are lent for two months. Please note that borrowing privileges are restricted to current members of College who are in possession of a valid University card.

Books can be renewed (using the self-issue machine, or online via SOLO) up to four times, provided that they have not been reserved by another reader.

Reserving and recalling books

If the book you want is already out on loan, you can place a hold on it or ask for it be recalled. (N.B. The information about recalls that is provided here applies to books from Keble Library only.)

Placing a hold on a book means that it will be kept aside for you when the current borrower returns it to the library. The original due date does not change. You can place holds online via SOLO

Recalling a book, in addition to ensuring that the book is kept aside for you, also brings the due date forward to one week after the recall is placed. If you would like to recall a book, please ask a member of staff.

Library regulations

The regulations make the Library a safe and friendly place to work, so please note:

  • The Library is for use by current members of Keble only. You must not let non-members accompany you into the Library.
  • Books must not be removed from the Library without being checked out.
  • No food and drink is permitted on Library desks, except for bottled water and tea or coffee in Keble or Bodleian Libraries branded KeepCups.
  • Desk spaces may not be reserved and desks will be cleared every morning. If you wish to leave anything in the Library overnight, please store it neatly in one of the crates in the stack area. Valuable items, and Library books which have not been checked out, should not be left in these crates.
  • The Library is a space for quiet study. Please show respect for your peers by keeping noise to a minimum and by switching off your mobile phone.

Support for readers with disabilities

Keble Library is committed to providing the best access possible for all members of College.  Readers with disabilities are invited to contact the College’s Welfare Officer or the College Librarian directly to discuss their needs before they start their course or at any stage during their time at Keble. We want you to make the most of your time at Keble and Library staff will do their best to provide a service that meets your individual needs.

Additional information is available on the Library website.

IT and photocopying facilities

Power sockets and wireless connection to the network are available for laptop users throughout the Library.

The Library photocopier offers black and white and colour printing and photocopying, as well as a scanning facility.