Skip to Main Content

Brasenose College Library: Home

Brasenose College (Old Quad)

Del Favero Reading Room (Main Library)

Smith Reading Room (Old Cloisters)

History Library

Self-issue machine in the Main Library

Greenland Library exterior

Deer Park

Exterior of main library and chapel

Library PC in the History Library

Library lockers and printer

Opening hours

The library is open 24/7 to members of the college (fob access is required).

Staff will usually be available between 8am and 4pm Monday – Friday and may be found in the library or Library and Archives Office.



General Enquiries

College Librarian

Assistant Librarian

Rare Books Cataloguer


01865 277826/7


Welcome to Brasenose College Library!

BNC library is a pleasing, friendly and supportive place to study and is intended exclusively for the use of college members (N.B. prior approval from the College Librarian will be needed for any guests or external visitors).

This libguide is aimed at current students requiring practical information about using the library. Please do visit our website here if you wish to learn about the history of the library and our special collections in more detail.

The Libraries

The Greenland and Stallybrass constitute the Brasenose College Libraries.

Within the Greenland Library you will find the history library, Smith Reading Room (also known as Old Cloisters) and Del Favero Reading Room (the main library).  

Del Favero Reading Room  – modern languages, English language and literature, philosophy, ancient history, classics, economics, management, theology and general reference items such as dictionaries.

History Library  – history and politics (access is via the Del Favero Reading Room Library).

Smith Reading Room  – physics, chemistry, maths and computing, engineering, geography, biological sciences (including medicine), music and art.

Stallybrass (Stally) – law library.