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St Antony's College Library: How to borrow, return, renew and reserve

Entitlements and loan periods

Information regarding borrowing entitlements and loan periods can be found on the College website.


Library book return box in usePlease leave returned books in the Library's drop box. The box is accessible to members 24/7 outside the entrance to the main reading room. Please do not leave books from other libraries here. 



You may renew your loans on SOLO (see the instructions on the Bodleian Libraries guide to SOLO).

If you would like to continue borrowing a book which you’ve already renewed the maximum number of times, please bring it back to the Library and ask the Library staff to re-issue it for you.

A photograph of a calendar. Remember your due dates!

Reservations and recalls


If you want to borrow an item which is on loan (indicated by a due date on SOLO) you may "request" it (following the same process used for click & collect), to ensure it is reserved for you when it is returned to the Library.


If you would like a book to be returned with some urgency, please contact the Library staff. Staff will contact the current borrower and ask him / her to return the required item as soon as possible.


Before you take a book out of the Library, please make sure to record your loan. Take it to the Library's self-issue computer (opposite the reception desk), and follow the instructions on screen. Remember to scan the College's barcode within the book's first pages. If you have any difficulty using the self-issue machine in the absence of staff, please complete borrowers' slips (available on the same desk).

Click and collect

Most College Library books are available on open shelves, and may be collected and checked out by readers using the Library's self-issue machine. Those who have any difficulty accessing materials are encouraged to email the Library staff for assistance.

The Library staff are usually able to fetch requested items within 3 working days - please alert staff if you need an item(s) urgently. Note, delivery will be delayed if a book is on loan to another reader (borrowed books will not be listed as "Available" on SOLO - a due date will be visible instead).

a picture of a book's status details and the request button on SOLO  

Readers will be notified by email when items are ready for collection.

Readers with card access may collect items from a trolley near the entrance to the Main Reading Room at any point within the following 7 days. Your book(s) may be identified by a code comprised of the first 3 letters of your surname and the last 4 numbers of your University card. Once you find your book, you may take it and leave.

a photo of a collection point for reserved books in the Old Main Building

The library staff are happy to deliver books to College accommodation for those who are isolating/unable to visit the Old Main Building.  

Lost / damaged loans

Please let the Library staff know about any books which have been lost or damaged whilst on loan to you (see library rules). You may be expected to cover replacement costs. However, if there's any chance that a misplaced book could be retrieved and you will not be leaving Oxford imminently, extra time to search for it will be granted.​​​