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Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at Lady Margaret Hall, as well as others at the University of Oxford seeking information about LMH Library. 

Use this guide to find out about the collections, services and staff support available at LMH Library, as well as guidance regarding disability support, information on past and present exhibitions, and our special collections. 

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Disability Support

A stair lift is available to access the Middle Floor/Main Entrance. Step-free access is available to the Lower Floor, which has two height-adjustable desks. We are happy to offer extended loans, proxy borrowing, book delivery or other adjustments for students who need them. For more details, an access guide, and a list of available equipment we have, check out our accessibility page at

About LMH Library

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.

LMH Library is open to college members via fob access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Library is open to non-LMH visitors by appointment (email during staffed hours, Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Layout of the Library

The main staircase from outside leads up to the Middle Floor, where the main library entrance and exit is (with a platform stairlift for those who tell us they need it, who can also use a step-free entrance and exit via the lower floor). This floor contains the self-issue machine, exhibition display cases, and the staff offices. The books on this floor cover philosophy, religion and the social sciences (100-149, 160-299, 310-399), and history (930-999). Spiral staircases at each end of the middle floor lead to the other two floors.

An image of the middle floor of the library

The Lower Floor is where you can find the printers, photocopier, and Freddy the skeleton. The books on this floor cover sciences, engineering, medicine, and psychology (500-699), fine arts and music (700-799), and biography, geography, travel and world history (900-929). This floor also contains the Law Library, which is reference-only during term, and contains a wide selection of books and journals. You can also find the Stacks here, which is where serial publications and older books are kept, as well as the Joyce and Lawrence Lacerte Rare Books Room (you can find more information at There is step-free access to this floor for people who tell us they need it.

An image of the Law Library on the lower floor of the Library

The Upper Floor is where the languages (400-499) and literature (800-899) books are kept. This floor is also home to the room dedicated to sociology and women's studies (300-309), and the locked Briggs Room, where our special collections live. Unfortunately there is no step-free access to this floor; library staff are happy to fetch books for readers.

 An image of the gallery floor of the Library

Contact the Library

By email or phone:

The librarian, Jamie

Jamie Fishwick-Ford
(Librarian, they/them)

Contact Jamie for appointments to visit the library or to request new books for the library.
(01865) 274361

Sally Hamer
(Assistant Librarian, she/her)

Contact Sally with any queries or problems, to renew your books, or discuss lost books and lost property.
 (01865) 274236

A picture of Isambard, a brown-grey Siberian forest cat.

(Librarian's Cat, he/any)

Visit Issy in Jamie's office 3 or 4 days a week, if you need a break or are missing your pets at home!

In person: 

Our offices are located on the middle floor of Lady Margaret Hall Library, Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA