Study space

Corpus Library offers a variety of desks and seats.  These range from the 16th century benches and book presses in the 'old' or original library building to 20th century desks with fixed and adjustable seats.  There is standing provision in the Catalogue Room (using the window sill in the reference collection, by the computers).

What's in the Library?

  • Collections and Catalogues – how to access information about the Corpus Library holdings
  • Two PCs dedicated to searching SOLO, the University of Oxford Library catalogue
  • Other PCs available for accessing content and emails online
  • WiFi is available throughout the College, plus ethernet ports in selected areas of the Library
  • Power sockets are available, but limited by the listed building layout
  • The Library Copier is one of two college machines available to readers, and support printing, copying and scanning

Reader aids - available to all

  • Book supports for more comfortable reading
  • Personal support equipment, including coloured overlays and ear plugs (plus noise-cancelling headphones)
  • External DVD drives for loan
  • Molecular modelling kits
  • Photocopier/printer/scanner, plus staplers, hole punches, and guillotine
  • Library staff able to help with:
    • Locating and retrieving books/items in Corpus Library and online
    • Finding alternative copies or formats, such as e-books and/or electronic access to journals
    • Accessing information related to the Bodleian Libraries and their reading rooms

Access to the Library

We aim to provide all members with the best possible experience. The Library is currently on two floors via stairs with access from the main quad.

We can provide tailored help with accessing material at Corpus, including:

  • A named Library contact to help with any queries or requests:  
    • During term-time, we will email to check for any borrowing requests before each weekend.
  • Generous loan allowance (30 books) for students with a Specific Learning Difficulty Plan
  • Step-free entry to the lower library using a button alert system (supported by library staff Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
  • A dedicated workspace that can be reserved, including a desktop computer, if required.
  • Books request service operating via email or phone.  
    • Dedicated collection point in the Library
    • Borrowed items can also be delivered to the reader’s college room or the Lodge.
  • Books can also be returned to the Lodge or via the dedicated shelf.
  • Proxy borrowing for a named assistant
  • We can provide support equipment as needed.

If you have any queries about using the Library, please contact the library staff.