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St Antony's College Library: Using the library

Remote services

Access to St Antony's College Library is currently restricted.

However, efforts are being made to provide all members of the University with a remote library service. Readers are encouraged to use electronic materials wherever possible. St Antony's College Library staff are providing "click & collect" and "scan & deliver" services where e-resources are unavailable. Please don't hesitate to email for help!

Services provided by the Bodleian Libraries during the Covid-19 pandemic are detailed on the Bodleian's service updates webpage


St Antony's College Library is open principally for current Fellows and students of the College.  


Non-members who wish to consult items which are not available in the University's libraries are advised to contact the Library Staff for assistance.


Ordinarily, former members are very welcome to visit during office hours. Unfortunately, alumni are not permitted to borrow items or study within library reading rooms for prolonged periods unless they wish to consult unique or rare materials. 

*Note, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reading rooms are temporarily closed to those who are not current members of the University.


Readers with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Librarian to discuss their needs.

Unfortunately, the Library's main reading room and book stacks are not wheelchair accessible. However, alternative arrangements for collecting and returning books may be made; Library staff are happy to fetch items for those who cannot use / have difficulty using stairs.

Ergonomic equipment can be found near the issue desk in the main reading room.

Please find more information for disabled readers here:

Library rules

Please let others concentrate on their work. Don’t chat or take phone calls inside the Library. For group study, please use the Buttery or Shared Common Room.
Our books aren’t hungry, so please don’t bring food! It can damage the books, and the smell distracts other readers. Bottled water is welcome in the Library. Tea and coffee (in KeepCups) are allowed in the Gulbenkian Reading Room only.
Our books like to be clean! Please don’t write in them. This may confuse future readers. You will be asked to erase any notes you make in books.

What we offer

A photograph of a book stand in the Library.

Book stands

A photograph of a box of earplugs.


A photograph of some coloured acetate sheets spread across a book.

Coloured acetate sheets

A photograph of a hands-free magnifier and its box.

Hands-free magnifier

A photograph of one of the Library's two laptop stands.

Laptop stand (two available)

Portable fans (two available).

Portable fans (two available)

Portable radiators (multiple)

A photograph of a water dispenser with plastic cups

Water dispenser (outside the Gulbenkian Reading Room)

Photograph of blue Sony MDR-ZX310 headphones


Photograph of two different adaptor plugs for use within the UK

Plug adaptors

Ergonomic equipment

The Library supplies the following:

  • laptop stands
  • magnifiers
  • coloured overlays
  • book rests
  • ear plugs
  • adjustable chairs
  • and other pieces of ergonomic equipment