MON-WED : 09.30 - 14.00 (During School term)
MON-TUES : 09.30 - 17.00 (During School vacation)
If the Librarian is away then the Library is accessible to key fob holders only.
Please contact the Librarian and make an appointment to be assured of access.
THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING:
BH MON 27th MAY - WED 29th MAY
and will reopen on:
MONDAY 3rd JUNE : 09.30
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 to Sunday, Jan 6, 2013: Ashmolean Exhibition: Happy Birthday Edward LearIncludes a book lent from the Alexander Library – ‘Illustrations of the family of Psittacidae or Parrots, 1832’.
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012: Bodathon blog entryAn entertaining review of the Alexander Library has just appeared online, courtesy of Sidi Bai, a second year Oxford University law student who is attempting to visit all the Bodleian Libraries.
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012: New books published Two books have just been published that used the Alexander Library’s resources.
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013: Alexander Library acknowledged in new book by Sir Christopher Lever! Just been published:
The Mandarin Duck / Christopher Lever
About the Alexander Library of Ornithology
The Alexander Library of Ornithology is one of the foremost ornithological reference libraries in the world. It holds extensive collections of 19th and 20th century books, pamphlets and periodicals, and an archive of ornithological notebooks and diaries. It is an international resource with the collections covering ornithology, natural history, conservation, ecology and behaviour.
Founded in the 1930's on the personal collections of W.B. Alexander, it was originally at 91 Banbury Road. He was the first director of the Oxford Bird Census (the predecessor of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology) and on his retirement in 1945 he became the first Librarian. Shortly after this the Library was named after him.
Today, much of the material within the collections is received via donation or through exchange schemes. The library enjoys a close relationship with the British Ornithologists' Union and books which have been reviewed within its journal, The Ibis, are subsequently deposited in the Alexander Library. The Library also houses the British Falconers' Club Library.
It has a stock of around 11,000+ books, 85,500 offprints/reports, 476 theses; some 500 current journals plus another 1,500 non-current.
The Library is open for reference use only to all members of the University with a current University card and to holders of valid Bodleian Libraries cards. Members of the Edward Grey Institute are entitled to key fob out-of-hours access.
External visitors are welcome to visit and can be admitted on a one-off Day Pass on presentation of identification. Visitors must contact the library to make an appointment in advance of visiting.
If you wish to use the library for a longer period you will need to apply for a reader's ticket from the Bodleian Libraries Admissions office.
Where are we?
For local map please click here.
The Alexander Library is based on the Ground Floor within the Department of Zoology, building no. 1 in square E5, on the corner of South Parks Road and St Cross Road.
There is Pay & Display parking available in Mansfield Road but the Department is easily walkable from the city centre.