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Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at Regent's Park College, as well as others at the University of Oxford seeking information about Regent's Park College library.
Use this guide to find out about the collections, services and staff support at Regent's Park College library.


Upcoming Events

Oxford Reads Kafka All current students have been given a copy of Metamorphosis and Other Stories as a gift from the Bodleian as part of the Oxford Reads Kafka campaign. Various events are taking place through Trinity Term, and more information can be found here: 


The main library looking toward the Angus Room, along shelves of books.

Library code of conduct

You can help to keep the library a pleasant space for everyone to study in by remembering the following:

  • Please keep talking and noise to a minimum. 
  • Please switch all electronic devices to silent, or use headphones.
  • Please leave the library to have a conversation, whether in person or by phone.
  • Please do not consume food in the library.
  • Please bring drinks in spill-proof containers only.
  • Smoking and vaping are not permitted.
  • Please use only one study space at a time.
  • Please do not leave your belongings in the library when you are not there. Please use one of the storage boxes provided in the Angus room. 
  • Please do not keep books on your desk that have not been checked out to you. Other students may be looking for these on the shelves. 
  • Please do not bring any personal belongings into the library which are not study-related.

Please do come and speak to us if you have any problems or concerns with using the library.

About our Library

The Regent’s Park College library is home to several interesting portraits and other unusual features:

  • There is a portrait of Baptist missionary William Carey (1761–1834) in the library near the entrance (on your left if you turn around and face the entrance once you’ve walked in). It is said to have been painted by a student at John Sutcliff’s Academy. It is one of the few existing portraits of him wearing a wig before he rejected that habit during his journey to India.
  • Over the double doors to the journals room at the back of the library is a portrait of John Bunyan by an unknown artist. This painting is not widely known, but in 1819 it formed the basis of an engraving by William Sharp.
  • The large windows in the middle of the library on the left as you face the back of the library have a stylized map of the world traced on them, including animals and trade products associated with various regions at the time of the window’s creation. This window was originally part of the Glasgow Empire Exhibition of 1938.

[The information on this page was primarily taken from A guide to Regent’s Park College Oxford by Ernest Payne, published by the Alden Press and available for reference in the Angus Library.]


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Opening hours

The college library is open to students and staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for the Christmas period when the college is closed.

External readers are welcome to contact the librarian if there is a book held by Regent's Park College that you wish to arrange to consult. As we cannot usually accommodate external readers during term time, you may be asked to schedule your visit for the vacation period.


Portrait of John Bunyan, 1628-1688

John Bunyan, 1628-1688

Portrait of William Carey, 1761-1834

William Carey, 1761-1834

Portrait of Dr John Thomas, 1757-1801

Dr John Thomas, 1757-1801

Portrait of James Coultart, 1785-1836

James Coultart, 1785-1836