Books on the library shelves


The Library, which supports study in all the principal subjects studied by undergraduates at St Peter’s, is normally open to members of college 24 hours a day for study purposes.

The Library is generally staffed during 'office hours'. Library staff are always ready to help members of St Peter's in their use of Library resources. Please call in and see us, or get in touch by email, if you think we can help in any way.

Enquiries from external readers should be made in writing in the first instance. Members of the University of Oxford who are not also members of St Peter's must make an appointment in advance if they wish to look at material from the college Library. This will normally be permitted provided that the item is not available in the Bodleian Library or in a faculty or departmental library.

For initial enquiries email

Individual Library staff may be contacted as follows:

Dr David Johnson, Librarian:

The Library
St Peter's College
Tel: + 44 (0)1865 278882

The Library is normally open to members of college 24 hours a day for study purposes. Books may be borrowed, in accordance with the Library Regulations and the College's Rules & Regulations.

The Library is for the use of college members only (except by special permission). Members must not introduce non-members into the Library without the express prior permission of the Librarian.

All books in the Library are catalogued on SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online). Books in all fields except Law are shelved in one of the three reading rooms in Linton House. Law books are shelved in the separate Law Library.

Some less-used materials are kept in the Library Stack, the Library Office, or as part of the Pamphlet Collections. These items are only available via a member of Library staff.

Almost all books in the Library, unless marked ‘Confined’ or ‘Not to be Taken Away’, may be borrowed. Books should be borrowed using the self-issue machine in the Library Reception. Please contact a member of staff if you need any help with this.

Borrowing entitlements for junior members are as follows:

Undergraduates and Visiting Students: 15 volumes at any one time. The standard loan period is 28 days. All books issued in term are due for return not later than Thursday of 8th week. The loan period is progressively foreshortened to allow for this. Books may be borrowed for the entire period of the subsequent Vacation from the Monday of 8th week.

Postgraduates: 15 volumes at any one time. The standard loan period is 56 days, both in Term and Vacation.

Books already on loan may be renewed, provided that they have not been already requested by another member of the college.

There are two ways in which books may be renewed. Either, reissue the books on the self-issue machine, or renew them using the renewal facility which may be accessed through the ‘My Account’ pages on SOLO.

The ‘My Account’ pages can also be used to check what books you have on loan and when they are due for return, and to renew them provided that they have not been requested by another college member. Remember: if your books are overdue, you will not be able to renew them yourself. If you have problems trying to renew your books, or if they are already overdue, please contact Library staff who may be able to help.

Books for return should be placed in the Book Return Bins in the Library Reception, or handed to a member of Library staff. If books are not returned on time, a charge will be made at the rate of 20p per day for each volume kept overdue.

Current members of college may use the Library for study purposes 24 hours a day.

Readers may leave on a Library desk overnight a tidy pile of A4-sized papers and up to ten books (including personal copies), which should be marked with one "Please leave" slip, provided that desk space is left free for others. Renewal of "Please leave" slips to reserve books for further use is permissible, provided other readers have access to material they need. Nothing should be left on the floor.

To ensure items are not removed from a desk, "Please leave" slips should be left visible whenever readers leave their working area. Periodicals and reference works may not be reserved in this way.

Desks will be cleared every weekday morning. Material under out-of-date "Please leave" slips will be removed, and books re-shelved. Personal property left in the Library is left at the owner's risk. Untidy or unnecessary personal belongings will be removed and will be forwarded to the Lodge as lost property after a week.

Books belonging to other libraries will be placed on the shelves outside the Office in the Main Library. It is the responsibility of those who borrow books from other libraries to return them. The college is not responsible for their return or safe-keeping.

All periodicals and reference books must be returned to the shelves by readers immediately after use.

Oxford University provides an increasing number of electronic resources for its members.

Further information on accessing online resources from computers not part of the University network is available from the remote access page of the Bodleian Library website.

Current members of the college may suggest a book for acquisition by the Library. If you would like to do this please fill in the following form, then click on the SUBMIT button.