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Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at Nuffield College, as well as others at the University of Oxford seeking information about Nuffield College Library.

Use this guide to find out about the collections, services and staff support at Nuffield College Library.

Opening hours

The Library will be closing to external (non-Nuffield) members from Monday 5th February until sometime in the summer

This is due to the current extensive building works taking place in College, which will affect the Library entrance and ground floor over the coming months.

  • External readers are welcome to use the Library and borrow books (if eligible) until closing time on Friday 2 February. Books borrowed from the Library will be loaned for the usual loan period, even if this goes beyond 5 February. Any books due back after 5 February should be returned to the College Lodge.
  • If you need to consult a book or other library material that is only available at Nuffield during the closure, this will still be possible on an exceptional basis – please email to request access.
  • If you are due to attend a seminar in the Library’s Cole Room, this will continue to be possible – the organiser will make arrangements for access for the seminars.

We do not yet have an end date for the works, but expect that it will be sometime in the summer. We will write to all registered external readers whose cards remain valid to advise of the reopening date once it is confirmed.

Current members of Nuffield College (including Associate Members) will still be able to use the Library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but the access route may change.


Unstaffed periods

Christmas 2023: 25 December - 1 January
Easter 2024: 28 March - 2 April

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Finding books

Books in Nuffield College Library can be found using SOLO



Contact details

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Nuffield College Library
New Road
01865 278550





Registration for use of the Library is renewed annually and offered to:

  1. Members and Associate members of the College, former members of the College
  2. Graduate students and staff from other Oxford Colleges and University institutions
  3. Such other persons as may be admitted from time to time by the Librarian.

Current members of the College will either be registered automatically or receive a welcome email with a link to register.

Former members of the College, and graduate students and staff from elsewhere in the University, must register online


All members of Nuffield College may borrow from the Library

The following have limited borrowing rights (3 books)

  1. Former members of Nuffield College
  2. Members of St Antony's College
  3. Research postgraduates (i.e. DPhil students) and members of academic staff at Oxford University
  4. Taught course postgraduates (i.e. Masters students) in Sociology.

Please note: other taught course (Masters) students and undergraduates may not borrow. The Library has a reference collection of core reading list material for social science courses 

Assistant Librarian

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Ed Smithson
Nuffield College
New Road
01865 278 550

NEW - Book a 1-1 session with a member of Library staff

If you have questions or need help using the Library or finding the resources you need for your research, you are welcome to book a time to speak to a member of Library staff via Teams. You can find the booking form on our intranet page.

Library staff

Jane Rawson, Director of Library Services

Tessa Richards, Deputy Librarian

Emma Quinlan, Assistant Librarian

Ed Smithson, Assistant Librarian

Rosemary Newman, Senior Library Assistant