The Library

Opened in 1939, New College Library is built on two floors and houses almost all its modern material on open access shelves.  The total stock of modern and antiquarian The Librarycollections number approximately 100,000 volumes.

Texts and other materials are constantly acquired to support all the undergraduate courses taught in the university, and they provide support for taught postgraduate courses too, which makes the College Library the obvious first port-of-call for New College students.  We welcome and encourage book purchase requests from current New College students and academics.

Co-operation between the Library, tutors, and students is actively pursued and the Library is a point of display for larger items from the JCR art collection, as well as administering the JCR DVD collection.

All New College students may use the Library and entry is by swipe card during opening hours.

External visitors should make an appointment with the Librarian:

Dr Christopher Skelton-Foord
New College
University of Oxford
Holywell Street

Opening Hours

  • Term: 8.30 am to 2.00 am (every day)

  • Vacations: 8.30 am to 8.30 pm (every day)

  • N.B. The Library will be closed during the College Christmas closed period.


The loan period is two weeks for undergraduates and the whole term for postgraduates.

Students may have 35 items on loan, and a book can be renewed as many times as required so long as it has not been reserved by another reader.

The issue system is computerised through SOLO, our online catalogue, where you can search records for our entire bookstock.  Students can reserve and renew books online and they will be informed of reserved books ready for collection and overdue books by email.

Library Facilities

The design of the Library offers different styles of working area and the outlook has the benefit of the medieval city wall, lawns, and gardens.

On the upper floor, there are a number of tables for four people across a large area, bookshelves holding most subjects, as well as two small rooms with desks for four people that house the History collection.  There is also a height-adjustable standing desk and an adustable, folding laptop stand available.

On the lower floor, there are separate Law and Classics reading rooms with plenty of seats for students of other disciplines, our new Group Study Room which holds our General Interest Collection, the open bookstacks housing lesser-used materials, and individual seats in between these stacks, which act as study areas.

Our Library Guide (in pdf to enable easy printing out) provides a plan of our upper and lower floors and a brief guide to the classification system we use to arrange books on the shelves by subject.

The Library provides wireless connection and desks with power sockets for readers' laptops, as well as photocopying, scanning, and printing facilities.


The University of Oxford’s extensive collection of electronic resources complements its libraries’ physical collections, and these e-resources are available to New College students and staff.  SOLO searches can be constructed to locate and access e-books, e-journals, and databases.  There is detailed guidance available on how to locate e-journals; databases can be located and browsed according to subject as well.  SOLO can also search ORA (Oxford University Research Archive), which also has its own dedicated portal.

OxLIP+ (Oxford Libraries Information Platform) is the University’s portal providing access to its databases, electronic reference works, e-journals and e-book packages.

Help and Assistance

Library staff are very pleased to facilitate the learning, teaching, and research of the College and we aim to provide a range of reader services in a professional and friendly way.  The Library Office is staffed from 8.30 am till 5 pm, Mondays to Fridays.  We are happy to help with any research needs you may have; please ask us for assistance at any time.  Alternatively, you may email us with any queries you may have.  We also welcome suggestions about how we may improve the services we offer you.