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St Antony's College Library: Finding resources


Study Guides      

The Library holds a collection of guides (catalogued on SOLO) to help you succeed in your postgraduate studies. Topics include: research methods, academic writing, referencing / avoiding plagiarism, time management, managing stress, and more. All are borrowable and can be found on shelves near the issue desk.


The Library currently subscribes to 15 journals and holds back issues of many more. The latest issues of most current subscriptions can be found in the Gulbenkian Reading Room, whilst other issues are kept in the main reading room and bookstacks. Journals are for reference use only.


The Library holds a small collection of archival materials relating to twentieth-century Europe (of particular importance being those of Sir John Wheeler-Bennett). Please contact the Librarian to find out more or arrange a viewing.


SOLO is a search and discovery tool for the majority of the University's vast collection of print and electronic library resources. Records for all books which have been acquired by St Antony's College Library since 1990 may be found here.

See the Bodleian Libraries LibGuides site for instructions on how to search SOLO. To discover how to truly make the most of SOLO and other library resources within the University look out for opportunities to attend the Bodleian's workshops and classes.

Regrettably, records of some of the Library's older items (works on language and literature, pamphlets, and journals acquired before 1990) may be found in card catalogues only. Please don't hesitate to ask staff for help with these!

Available book not on shelf?

Does the shelf-mark have [Study Guide Coll.] after it? It may be located in an Study Guides Collection.

A photograph of the

It may be waiting to be re-shelved.

A photograph of the New Books Trolley.

It may be on the New Books Display.

A photograph of the members' books display case.

It may be in the members' books display case.

A photograph of large books in one of the Library's oversize sections.

Does the shelf-mark have an O/S after it? It may be located in an oversize section.

A photograph of some pf the Library's pamphlets.

Does the shelf-mark have 'Pam' at the beginning? It may be located in the Pamphlet Section.


St Antony's College Library has arranged its resources using a slightly modified version of the Library of Congress Classification system since 1959.

A photograph of books shelved using the Library of Congress system.

Book purchase request

Please don't hesitate to contact the Librarian if you would like the Library to acquire a text. Recommendations may be placed through a form on the college website or by email.

We try to satisfy requests from all members. However, texts which cover rarely-studied subjects are not prioritised for purchase (see selection criteria below). In some cases, requests may be more appropriately directed to major research, faculty or departmental libraries.

Selection criteria

The College Library aims to provide key texts for courses taken by substantial numbers of members. Emphasis is placed on the study of contemporary Europe, including Russia and the former Soviet Union, Africa, China, and South Asia. Collections on the following are especially strong:

  • Politics and international relations
  • Global governance and diplomacy
  • Migration and refugees
  • Economics and development
  • Modern history
  • Research methods and study skills

We generally don't purchase texts which relate to subject areas covered by other libraries onsite. Please see our acquisitions policy for more details.