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Trinity College Library: Using the Library

Subjects: College Libraries

Library welcome 2020 video

Opening Times

The Lawns Pavilion Reading Room is now open 8am-midnight daily. Seating has been reduced to meet social distancing guidelines.

The War Memorial Library is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions and ongoing building works. The library team are operating a dedicated Click & Collect book service for college members (see information below).

Study spaces are also available in the JCR, Hall (outside meal times) and in the Nunnery Attic (residents only).

Our helpful library team, Emma and Sarah, are on hand to give a friendly welcome, provide advice and offer a priority book request service. The librarians are usually in the office Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and can be contacted by email:

Using the study spaces


  • Covid-19: Face coverings should be worn, hand sanitizer used and desks, PCs and printers cleaned by readers before and after use with cleaning wipes provided
  • A one-way entry and exit system is in place
  • Personal property cannot be left on desks (lockers can be hired by offsite students)
  • Drinks in lidded cups are allowed, but food cannot be brought into the reading rooms
  • Books cannot be borrowed on behalf of other students
  • Conversations and phone calls should remain outside the quiet study environment
  • Smoking is not permitted in or around the reading rooms

Borrowing books - Click & Collect

Trinity members can benefit from borrowing up to 30 books at a time for an entire term or vacation (renewable on SOLO or via email). While the main library building remains closed, we are offering a Click & Collect book service for existing library books via this form.

As well as the book’s title and author, we will need the Trinity shelfmark and Trinity barcode (9-digit number beginning with '3') from the SOLO library catalogue.

For more guidance on SOLO (including checking your account, accessing ebooks and finding journal articles) see this Bodleian Libraries guide. The library team are also on hand to help you.

Books will be available to collect at 3pm the next day from the Library Quad marquee. 

From 0th Week, we are also offering the service at weekends for requests submitted via the form.

Please take care of all books on loan to you and return requested books promptly. Damaged, lost or unreturned books will result in a replacement fee and admin fee.

If the book you need is already on loan (it will display a due date on SOLO), email and we will place a recall on your behalf.

New book requests

If we do not have a book you need, or there are not enough copies of a recommended text, please get in touch via We purchase most book requests, and there is no limit on the number of suggestions. We also welcome requests for wider reading.

Requested books are treated as priority orders and we will email you as soon as requests are ready to collect.

For any books which are too costly or would not benefit other students, a book grant is available from the Academic Office.

Returning books

Books can be returned at the Library Quad marquee. As we now need to quarantine books overnight for everyone’s safety, the timing is important:

  • Between noon and midnight, please return your books to the metal book bin.
  • Books returned the next morning before noon (or books which don’t fit in the metal book bin) must go in the plastic book returns box.

The metal book bin and plastic book box are labelled with the times to guide you.


Extra support

We can offer additional support if you have a disability, health condition or specific learning disability, regardless of whether you have formally disclosed it or not. Options include:

  • Reserving a library study space on request
  • Higher library account limit
  • Extra email reminders
  • Book delivery service to the Lawns Pavilion Reading Room, Lodge or room within college if health reasons prevent you from accessing the library
  • Assistive equipment requests
  • Automatic renewals
  • Chapter scanning service
  • Range of wellbeing books in Lawns Pavilion Reading Room (self-service or books can be fetched by staff) and ebooks here

Please get in touch with Emma (College Librarian) in confidence to discuss how we can help.

To arrange support from the Bodleian Libraries, please email the Bodleian's Disability Librarian. Alternatively, details of the disability contact for each individual library can be found here

IT Facilities

Wi-fi (Eduroam) is available and 2 PCs for student use can be found in the Lawns Pavilion Reading Room. You will need your Trinity username and password for the PCs.

A printer/copier/scanner can be found in the Lawns Pavilion Reading Room. Printing in college is free. Print jobs can be sent from library PCs or from your own devices. Follow these print instructions or contact IT Manager Alastair Johnson for more information.

Access to non-college members

The library is for Trinity College members only. If we have a book you need which is not available elsewhere in Oxford, you are welcome to contact to request an appointment. Please note that the library is closed to all visitors until 2021.