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Anthropology: Getting started

A guide to resources for anthropologists at Oxford.

Tylor Library

The Tylor Library, also referred to as the Social and Cultural Anthropology Library, is located in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at 51 Banbury Rd. Within the school of anthropology it's complemented by the Balfour Library of the Pitt Rivers Museum, which collects material culture and visual anthropology print material.

Other Bodleian Libraries of interest to anthropologists include the Social Science Library.

Opening Hours

  • 9.30am - 5.30pm, Monday - Friday (term-time & vacations)
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Saturday (term-time only)

Joining the library

All new readers should register with the library/reception office (51 Banbury Rd.). Generally if you have a full (blue) University card you may read and borrow. If you can't find staff in the library to help you, please ask in the main ISCA office (first floor of 51).

Readers must abide by the Bodleian Library Regulations.

Other libraries for anthropology

Balfour Library The research library of the Pitt Rivers Museum (open by appointment only).

Social Science Library The SSL is a major teaching and research collection with useful material in anthropology and sociology, migration and other related fields.

Bodleian Library The main Bodleian Library is one of the key scholarly collections in Europe, and is entitled to receive all UK publications by Legal Deposit.

Social and Cultural Anthropology LibGuide

This page gives you links to key resources and information about new publications. The tabs below lead to more in-depth information about:

Articles & papers

Using online resources

Theses & dissertations



For researchers


If you wish to ask a question or seek more help then please contact the Tylor Library, or for subject enquiries the Subject Consultant.

Hilary Term Literature Review workshop

Delivered Week 4 and Week 5 of Hilary Term, in the SSL Information Skills training room.

Library Inductions

PRS Research Skills Toolkit

Delivered 11.30am Mon 4th Nov 2019 to SAME PRS and 2nd year MPhil students.

Tylor Library Assistant

Martin Pevsner's picture
Martin Pevsner
Tylor Library
School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography
51-53 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6PE
01865 274671

New books

See below for a selection of new books added to the Library!   For new books on a specific region or theme, use the navigation tab at the top of the page.