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Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at Nuffield College, as well as others at the University of Oxford seeking information about Nuffield College Library.

Use this guide to find out about the collections, services and staff support at Nuffield College Library.

Opening hours

In Hilary Term, the major building work in College will affect access to the Library.
The Library will have to close to external readers at some point during this work.
Further details will be given when we know the exact dates of closure.
Current members of Nuffield College will still be able to use the Library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but the access route may change.

Nuffield College members have access via their key fob 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other members of the University (postgraduate students, researchers and staff), and Nuffield alumni who wish to apply to use the Library should complete our online registration form and book a time to come and have their card activated for access. You must do this in advance; we will not admit enquirers who just turn up. See the Access box to for more details

Hours for external readers:
Monday-Friday 10.00-15.30 (closed in August)

With the following exceptions:

Thursday 14th December 2023

Monday 25th December 2023 - Monday 1st January 2024

Thursday 28th March - Tuesday 2nd April 2024

The month of August 2024

Unstaffed periods

Christmas 2023: 25 December - 1 January
Easter 2024: 28 March - 2 April

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Finding books

Books in Nuffield College Library can be found using SOLO



Contact details

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Nuffield College Library
New Road
01865 278550





Registration for use of the Library is renewed annually and offered to:

  1. Members and Associate members of the College, former members of the College
  2. Graduate students and staff from other Oxford Colleges and University institutions
  3. Such other persons as may be admitted from time to time by the Librarian.

Current members of the College will either be registered automatically or receive a welcome email with a link to register.

Former members of the College, and graduate students and staff from elsewhere in the University, must register online


All members of Nuffield College may borrow from the Library

The following have limited borrowing rights (3 books)

  1. Former members of Nuffield College
  2. Members of St Antony's College
  3. Research postgraduates (i.e. DPhil students) and members of academic staff at Oxford University
  4. Taught course postgraduates (i.e. Masters students) in Sociology.

Please note: other taught course (Masters) students and undergraduates may not borrow. The Library has a reference collection of core reading list material for social science courses 

Assistant Librarian

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Ed Smithson
Nuffield College
New Road
01865 278 550

NEW - Book a 1-1 session with a member of Library staff

If you have questions or need help using the Library or finding the resources you need for your research, you are welcome to book a time to speak to a member of Library staff via Teams. You can find the booking form on our intranet page.

Library staff

Jane Rawson, Director of Library Services

Tessa Richards, Deputy Librarian

Emma Quinlan, Assistant Librarian

Ed Smithson, Assistant Librarian

Rosemary Newman, Senior Library Assistant