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Lady Margaret Hall Library: Using LMH Library

Information about LMH Libray and our collections
Subjects: College Libraries

Lady Margaret Hall was one of the first colleges founded to allow women to study in Oxford. To this day we strive to be inclusive and reach out to new communities. The Library is a central part of college life, supporting the academic pursuits of all college members by providing them with a gorgeous space to work in, filled with books covering all the subjects studied here. We are one of the larger college libraries, both in terms of study spaces and the size of our collections.

Key Links

Requesting Books

Do we not have a book on your reading list, and all the copies in your subject library are on loan? Is there a new edition of a key textbook? Do you need a book not available anywhere in Oxford? We encourage you to recommend books for the Library!

IT, Printing, and Photocopying

Computers are available on the ground floor, which you can log into using your Single Sign-On. We have one black and white printer and the photocopier acts as a colour printer.

Printing and photocopying charges are added to your battels, if you go over your free allowance. Undergraduates have a free allowance of 150 single sided mono copies per year, and graduates have twice that.

Scanning is free.

The library is also supplied with ethernet points and wireless for use with personal laptops. Click here for information on connecting to the internet.

Layout of the Library

The interior of the library

The entrance to the Library is on the first floor (entrance floor). This contains the self-issue machine, exhibition display cases, and the staff offices. The books on this floor cover philosophy, religion and the social sciences (100-399, except for 300-309), and history (930-999). Click here for a 360° panoramic view of the inside of the library from the first floor.

The renovated Law Library

Two staircases lead down to the ground floor (downstairs floor), renovated in 2005, which contains the computers, printers, photocopier, and Freddy the skeleton. The books on this floor cover all of the sciences, engineering and medicine (500-699), the fine arts and music (700-799), and biography, geography, travel and world history (900-929). This floor contains the Law Library, which is reference only, and contains a wide selection of books and journals. It also includes the Stacks, where serial publications are kept, and the Joyce and Lawrence Lacerte Rare Books Room.

The interior of the library

Two staircases lead up to the second floor (gallery floor), where the languages (400-499) and literature (800-899) books are kept. This floor is also home to the room dedicated to sociology and particularly women's studies (300-309), and the locked Briggs Room where our special collections live.

Borrowing, Returning, and Renewing books

Most books may be borrowed, except for the dictionaries, some other reference books, and the law collections. Law books can be borrowed over the vacations.  

College members may borrow up to 15 books at a time, and may renew their loans up to 4 times (if no-one else has requested them). Undergraduates borrow books for two weeks at a time or an entire vacation, Postgraduates for an entire term or vacation, Fellows and Staff for an entire year.

Borrowing a Book

The self-issue machine is available at the entrance to the library. Scan your University card, and then the book's barcode, following the information on the screen. If this does not work, please contact the library staff during opening hours, or fill in the loans form next to the machine.

If the security alarm goes off, the librarians will have been emailed a photo of you leaving the library. To stop us having to chase you, please fill in the details on the loans form.

Returning a Book

Just the same as borrowing a book, using the self-service machine. Once you've checked the book in, leave it on the trolley.

Checking and Renewing your Loans

This can be done via My Account within SOLO, using your Single Sign-On. You may keep track of all your loans and reservations, and make renewals in this way. Click here for help on using SOLO.

If your book is overdue, you will need to contact us to renew it for you.

Library Rules

The Library is a quiet environment intended for study; talking should be in a low voice and kept to a minimum. Quiet group work is permitted in the Law Library, except in Trinity Term. Mobile phones and laptops should be on silent mode.

Food and drink is forbidden (with the exception of water in a bottle).

Books removed from the Library must be properly issued via the self-issue computer, or, if the self-issue computer is out of order, by filling in a borrowing slip. Removing books from the Library without going through either of these procedures is theft.

Books should not be lent by borrowers to other people; they remain the responsibility of the person who borrowed them from the Library.

Fines for overdue books are charged at 10p per day. These will be charged to your battels. Long overdue books (due back at the start of term or before, but not returned by the end of 6th week) will face a £10 fine plus the cost of the book's replacement.

Personal possessions are not to be left unattended in bays or on desks without a named and dated note. The Library is tidied every morning, and lost property can be found in the Assistant Librarian's office.

Contact the Library

The library is open to college residents for borrowing and returning books via fob access 24 hours a day (but NOT, currently, for studying in the library). Non-resident college members can book a visit to college by emailing the Lodge Manager.

LMH Library is open to non-LMH visitors by appointment during staffed hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lady Margaret Hall Library
Norham Gardens
United Kingdom


Telephone: (01865) 274361

James Fishwick (Librarian)

Contact James for appointments to visit the library or to request new books for the library.

Emmy Ingle

Emmy Ingle (Senior Library Assistant)

Contact Emmy to renew your books or discuss lost books and lost property.

Isambard, the Library Kitten

Isambard (Library Kitten)

Disability Support

We are happy to offer extended loans, proxy borrowing, book delivery or other adjustments for students who need them. Visit the Accessibility tab for more details, an access guide, and a list of available equipment.