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Hertford College Library: Study spaces

Holywell Library

Entrance:

Access via an uneven cobbled quad up two low steps and a fobbed manual door. Access to main reading toom and reception room, leading to toilet and staff office.

Main reading room offers:

  • 17 study spaces at communal desks, with height adjustable chairs and access to power sockets
  • 2 individual electronic sit/stand desks with height adjustable chairs, adjustable desk lamps and access to power sockets in the 
  • Core book collection
  • Equipment includes bookstands, laptop stands, desk lamps, back supports, foot rests. 

Reception room:

  • study skills and wellbeing books (books with shelfmark beginning STUDY)
  • print, copy and scan facilities
  • PC at electric sit/stand desk with adjustable height chair
  • self-issue PC, returns box and click and collect pick up trolley
  • toilet (single WC with sink, mirror and hand dryer)
  • water cooler
  • lockers for storage of reader belongings
  • comfort shelf of books to read for pleasure
  • Equipment: coloured acetates, earplugs, ear defenders, phone chargers, magnifying glass, daylight lamp
  • staff office

Warnock Reading Room

This 24/7 reading room is open to Hertford students in Geoffrey Warnock House, 41-43 St Aldate’s, in South Oxford. A short walk from from Hertford's main site, you'll find 30+ study spaces, with:

  • adjustable furniture
  • wifi, PC, printer
  • little extras like book stands and phone chargers

This is an extension of the library space so usual library etiquette applies:

  • Keeping phones on silent and taking calls outside the building
  • Keeping conversation to a minimum (that’s right – shhhhhhh!)
  • Using keep cups or water bottles for drinks and not bringing food into the reading room
  • Removing belongings from desks when leaving the reading room for longer than a short break. 

There are picnic benches on the patio accessed from the reading room and a seating area inside the entrance to Geoffrey Warnock House for chat, calls and snacks.

The Library team will be holding a drop in session at the reading room each week for any library questions.

Library rules

The Library’s study spaces are open 24/7 to Hertford members only and are often in high demand. As a community we keep this a comfortable working space by:

  • Keeping phones on silent and taking calls outside the building
  • Keeping conversation to a minimum (that’s right – shhhhhhh!)
  • Using keep cups or water bottles for drinks and not bringing food into the Library.
  • Leaving a yellow slip on study desks if taking a short break or removing belongings from desks if leaving the Library for longer. Desks will be cleared by library staff regularly.