Books in Jesus College appear in SOLO, the library catalogue covering the majority of the library collections of the University of Oxford. You can check SOLO anywhere without logging in.
Three reading rooms offer you a variety of study spaces:
There is also a dedicated Graduate Study Room elsewhere in College.
The Library is self-service. To borrow, choose 'Borrow & Renew' at the self-service machine in the entrance corridor, scan your University Card, and place the books on the pad. You may take the books once the computer has registered the loan.
Books can be borrowed until the end of each term or for the vacation. You will receive an automatic reminder when your books are due for return or renewal. To return books, choose 'Return' at the self-service machine, place the books on the pad, then leave them on the shelving trolley.
Note that if you pass a book to another student in college, you are still responsible for it.
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The Student Support collection (section SS in the Lower Library) holds books on study skills and welfare issues, whether for your own use, or to help you support a friend. Borrowing is anonymous: neither staff nor students can see who has which books. Simply take the books you need from the shelves. When you have finished with them, place the books directly on the returns trolley.
Readers with disabilities, and prospective students, are invited to contact the Librarian to discuss support in using the Library. A guide to access to the College buildings is available on the main College website.
Students may nominate another member of College, or a support worker approved by the University's Disability Advisory Service, to accompany them in the Library or borrow books on their behalf. Library staff can arrange for books to be delivered to the Lodge or directly to student rooms for readers who cannot access the Library. Please ask staff if you would like to reserve a desk in one of the ground floor reading rooms.
Office open: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Telephone: (01865) 279704
Owen McKnight (College Librarian)
Oliver Miller (Graduate Library Trainee)
Jesus College Libraries are independent of the Bodleian Libraries, but college members are entitled to use the Bodleian's services. These include extensive e-resources (books, journals, and databases).
Note that, in general, members of Jesus College may not use the libraries of other colleges. However, books held only in college libraries and not in the Bodleian may be consulted by appointment. Jesus College Libraries do not otherwise participate in interlibrary loan or reciprocal access arrangements.
Similarly, students from other colleges (and Old Members of Jesus College) may only use the Meyricke Library by appointment.