Books in Jesus College appear in SOLO, the library catalogue covering the majority of library collections of the University of Oxford. You can check SOLO anywhere without logging in.
Printing and copying
The photocopier in the Lower Library also offers scanning and colour printing. It is maintained by the college Computing Office.
The JCR & MCR DVD collection is housed in the Upper Library. You may borrow a DVD for up to 7 days (no renewals) by scanning it out in the usual way.
Three reading rooms offer you a variety of study spaces:
- The Lower Library contains law, science, and English literature.
- The Upper Library holds books in the humanities and social sciences.
- The Periodicals Room on the ground floor holds theology, books about Oxford, and a number of serial publications in the humanities.
Books on study skills are in section N in the Lower Library lobby. The welfare library is kept in the college nurse's waiting room. There is also a dedicated Graduate Study Room elsewhere in College.
Borrowing, returning, and renewing books
The Library is self-service. To borrow, choose 'Borrow & Renew' at the self-service machine in the entrance corridor, scan your University Card, and place the books on the pad. You may take the books once the computer has registered the loan.
Books can be borrowed until the end of each term or for the vacation. You will receive an automatic reminder when your books are due for return or renewal. To return books, choose 'Return' at the self-service machine, place the books on the pad, then leave them on the shelving trolley.
Note that if you pass a book to another student in college, you are still responsible for it.
Are you an Oxford Fresher?
Library Assistant is our online guide to library services for new undergraduate students. It is adapted to work on smartphones and tablets so you can access it anywhere. You can use Library Assistant to -
- Find libraries around Oxford
- Get help finding books on your reading lists
- Get information about library WiFi, passwords and photocopying
- ...and much more
Visit Library Assistant at -
Support for students with disabilities
Readers with disabilities, and prospective students, are invited to contact the Librarian to discuss support in using the Library. A guide to access to the College buildings is available on the main College website.
Students may nominate another member of College, or a support worker approved by the University's Disability Advisory Service, to accompany them in the Library or borrow books on their behalf. Library staff can arrange for books to be delivered to the Lodge or directly to student rooms for readers who cannot access the Library. Please ask staff if you would like to reserve a desk in one of the ground floor reading rooms.
Contact the Library
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Telephone: (01865) 279704
Owen McKnight (Librarian)
More in Oxford
Jesus College Libraries are independent of the Bodleian Libraries, but college members are entitled to use the Bodleian's services. These include extensive e-resources (books, journals, and databases).
Note that, in general, members of Jesus College may not use the libraries of other colleges. (All Souls and Nuffield are open on application.) However, books held only in college libraries and not in the Bodleian may be consulted by appointment. Jesus College Libraries do not otherwise participate in interlibrary loan or reciprocal access arrangements.
Similarly, students from other colleges (and Old Members of Jesus College) may only use the Meyricke Library by appointment.