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Modern Languages in Oxford (West European)

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Taylor Institution Library

Taylor Institution Library,
St Giles',

tel: (01865) 2-78158



Taylor Librarian: James Legg

Subject Team Leader: Joanne Ferrari

Operations Manager: Frank Egerton


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About the Taylor Institution Library

The Taylor Institution is the University’s centre for the study of modern European languages and literatures, other than English.

Its Library contains the largest specialist research collections in the field in Britain and also a separate teaching collection for undergraduates and taught postgraduates.

It is primarily a lending library for members of the University.

Library staff are here to help, so please ask.


Library collections

  • The Research Collection includes materials for the study of French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Russian and other Slavonic languages, Spanish and Portuguese (including Latin American) and Linguistics.
  • Several smaller language fields such as Celtic, Yiddish, Catalan and Romanian are also represented.
  • The Library houses a number of special collections, including, for example, the Enlightenment collection in the Voltaire Room.
  • The Teaching Collection include books for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses (including Film Studies), as well as some newspapers and magazines.