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Brasenose College Library: Using the library

IT facilities

Wifi throughout library.

Computers in the libraries print to any of the designated college printers.

Printer/photocopier/scanners are located in Old Cloisters, the landing in the History Library and in the Stally.

Scan to email facility.

B&W and colour photocopying free of charge.

Dedicated PCs for SOLO searching in Old Cloisters and the Main Library. No login required.

Giant iBoard Touch in the Collaborative Room.


Food and drink

All drinks should be in a lidded resealable container.

Eating hot/messy/smelly food is prohibited.

Cold, small snacks that can be stored in a bag are ok.

Smoking and vaping is forbidden.

Extra help for those who need it

If you have a disability or develop a disability  during your time here please contact the librarian as  there  may be ways in which we can assist  you.


Working in the Library

The library offers convenient, quiet study space  and a friendly environment in which to work. Wifi is available throughout, and remote printing to a selection of printers located around the college is possible.

Owing to the popularity of study areas within college desks may not be reserved. Students can sit anywhere they like, however, the Stallybrass Library is for those studying law and making use of the law materials therein.

Stallybrass Library interior

Papers/books may only be left overnight if they are placed in one of the library lockers available as weekly loans (0th-9th week).  Please ask a member of staff if you wish to use a locker.

A Study-break pass system operates during the day; a yellow study-break pass must be left on piles of work left unattended (however briefly) during the day with an indication as to how long you will be gone/anticipated time of return.

All users must read and observe the Library Protocol (see attached document below).

If you require assistance you can find a member of staff in the Library and Archives office or email:


Collaborative Study Room

Located at the Chapel end of the Smith Reading Room this is a flexible space that contains an iBoard Touch; white board; foldup tables; and chairs. Configurations may be a desk format for collaboration and general study or cinema layout to view a film or presentation if the screen is in use.

It may be booked on a first come first served basis by students. When not pre-booked the space is available to anybody as regular study space. The sign-up sheet is outside the room. If you are unable to sign up in person please email your request  to

Please note that this is not a teaching room. Examples of acceptable use are: students wishing to work together; screening films/presentations related to study (groups or individuals); practising presentations.

Borrowing, returns and renewals

Check out - The Brasenose library is a self-issue library. There is a  self-issue terminal located directly across from the main door. One at the bottom of the spiral staircase in the Smith Reading Room. In the Stally the self-issue terminal is clearly visible to the right as you enter the library. To issue books scan your Bod Card and follow the on-screen instructions.

Returns - there is a book return box in the Stally. Books may be handed to a member of library staff, placed on the librarian’s desk in the Smith Reading Room or on the “returns” shelves opposite the stairs to the History Library.

Renewals - books may be renewed online, via email or by re-issuing on the self-issue system.

Number of loans - there is currently no limit on the number of books you may have out on loan at a given time.

Loan periods - most books are issued for a term or vacation period with the exception of some law and chemistry books which are issued for a week at a time during term time.