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St Anne's College Library: Finding Books

New Books

Finding Resources in St Anne's Library

SOLO is a site which serves as the catalogue for almost every library in Oxford (more than 100 libraries).  It will tell you the location of any physical book and also provide you with a link to read an e-book or electronic article if access has been paid for by the University.
If you need to read something for your course, you should always start by searching for it in SOLO and not Google.

  • SOLO searches all libraries and collections in Oxford by default.  Choose St Anne’s College Library from the drop down menu to find books that are in College.  If you don’t limit your search to a specific library, you can end up with an overwhelming number of results.

SOLO search screen

  • Enter keywords to make your search, then click ‘Find & Request’ on a result to see where it is.  You can put in the author’s name, the publisher or a few words from the title.  
  • If you don’t find what you’re looking for, try deleting some of your search terms.  If you get too many results, use the search limiters to narrow them down.

St Anne's holdings screen

  • All of our books are in ‘Hartland House’ or the ‘Tim Gardam Building’.
  • The shelfmark (e.g. 372.419 ANN:REE B) tells you where it is on the shelves (Check the floorplans around the Library and on the home page here).
  • If a book is on the shelf, it should say ’Available’.  Books on loan have a ‘Due date’ listed.  If you need a St Anne’s book that’s on loan to another student, just ask one of the librarians to place a hold on it for you. 
  • To borrow a book, take it to the self-issue machine by the library entrance.  You’ll need to scan your University card and then place the book on the pad.



Hartland House Tim Gardam Building
Floor plan of Hartland House Floor plan of New Library

Shelf-marks 700-999

(Arts & Humanities, plus Law at 340s Shelf-marks)

Shelf-marks 000-699

(Philosophy, Religion, Social Sciences & Sciences)


Our main system is Dewey Decimal

Most books are organised numerically by subject (820s are English Literature) and then subdivided after the decimal point (821.171 is Chaucer).  If there are any letters after the decimals, these books go at the front of the sequence in alphabetical order.

821.171 CHA:Can


821.171 77


821.2 JON:Jam

Named Collections

Some sections of the Library are grouped as named collections.  For example the ground floor of Hartland House hosts several thousand books bequeathed to the College by Canon Claude Jenkins in 1959.  All of these books have a shelfmark beginning with 'Jenkins'

Jenkins 821.171 50


Books left to the College by Rosemary Pountney and Marjorie Reeves begin RP and MR (also on the ground floor of Hartland House):

RP 822.912 BEC:BUN

MR 270 BUO:Tra

Translation & Travel

The translations section groups all books translated from another language.  They begin TR (found on the first floor landing in Hartland House):

TR 842 VOL:Bra


Books on travel and exploration begin TE and are on the ground floor of Hartland House.

TE 420 5

St Anne's Authors

Books by our alumnae and tutors are grouped on the ground floor of Hartland House.  These follow a sequence beginning ANNE followed by the last name of the author.  Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea is at:



The Welfare section on the ground floor of Hartland House groups together self help books dealing with anxiety, stress, exam tips, happiness, writing and much more.  These all begin 'Welfare'

Welfare 808.1 HAP:Lab

Requesting Books

To suggest a title for purchase, please fill out the online form, or send an email to  giving the details of the book, your course details, your tutor's name and the date by when you need the book.

We accept suggestions of books (or DVDs) that support Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. The book doesn’t necessarily have to be on a reading list. It can be something you've read a good review of. We may accept suggestions of books of more popular nature (e.g. good quality novels, poetry, prose, popular science, social sciences, history, or self-help books).