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Purpose of this guide

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

Use this guide to find out about the collections, services and staff support available at St Hugh's College Library.

Opening hours and contact us

The library is accessible 24 hours a day.  The library office is open Monday-Friday, 09:00-12:30 and 13:00-17:00. Please come and say hello – we are always happy to help you! 

Our phone number is 00 44 (0)1865 274938 and you can email us via

Your library team:

Nora Khayi (College Librarian)


Marjory Szurko (College Librarian - maternity cover)


Amy Douglas (Library Assistant)

Thesis binding

Do you have a thesis or project that needs to be bound before submission?  At the library we offer a binding service that uses plastic covers and a glued spine, and can accommodate 10-75 pages.  

It costs £4 per item and the charge is added to your battels.  Please allow a half-day for library staff to do your binding.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures

We have reviewed our COVID measures and made some changes to our library services, mainly easing access to the collection and study spaces. However, the library remains a central communal space in College and with the increased number of students able to use it, some requirements will stay in place to keep it safely open 24/7.


This is what you should expect for Trinity Term 2022:

Opening hours

The library is open 24 hours a day and you can enter the building using your university card. The library will be cleaned twice a day.

Face coverings

Face coverings will be required when using the library, unless exempt. Please be considerate and help us keep a safe and comfortable space for everyone.

Book circulation and quarantine

You can access the collection and borrow items via the self-issue machine. If you are returning books only, you will find drop off points outside the library, by the lobby area, and on the first-floor library landing.

Books will no longer be quarantined and should be available on the shelves soon after being returned and processed. 

Study space

The number of study spaces available in the library is mostly back to pre-pandemic levels. There are no seat reservations, but please make sure that you clean your desk before and after use with cleaning supplies provided. Remember to take your belongings with you and return all books that have been used in one of the book return boxes, or borrow them via the self-issue machine.

Scanning and fetching services

The library provides a scanning service in accordance with copyright rules. Scans from the library collection can be emailed to students. 

The library can also fetch items, check them out to your account, and deliver to your pigeonhole. 

If you have to self-isolate, you can email the library and we will deliver books to your accommodation.  

To enquire about one of these services, please email us and we'll be happy to help.

Book purchase

If you wish to recommend a book to be purchased for the library, please use our book suggestion form or email us. We will try to accommodate any relevant suggestions as soon as we can, and will look at ordering e-books for wider access when possible, as well as additional copies of core texts.

Printer/Photocopier/Scanner and library PCs

You can use the library printer/photocopier/scanner. Printer settings have been changed to release print jobs without having to use the touch screen. Please use Web Print to print from your personal device.

There are 5 library PCs available to use around the library. Please follow cleaning protocols before and after use.

Library staff

The main enquiry office is in the lobby area and is staffed Monday - Friday 9am-5pm (hours may vary). You can contact the library team by email at or telephone 01865 274938. 

The Librarian's office is located in MGA 7 and you can reach her by email: or telephone 01865 74956. Marjory Szurko is our maternity cover for the year.


Access to the college library

The library is for the use of current students and staff of St Hugh’s College only.  This means that you may not allow members of other colleges into St Hugh’s College Library.

External readers (anyone who is not a current student or member of staff of the college) may be admitted by appointment. External readers wishing to make a visit must email the library at least a week in advance to arrange an appointment. 

Behaviour in the library and care of its resources

You may bring bottled water into the library. No other drinks or food may be brought into the library.

Please keep your mobile phone on silent mode in the library, and step outside the library if you need to make or receive a call.  If you would like to use headphones, please keep the volume low so that other readers are not disturbed.

When you have finished working in the library, clear your desk space and take your personal belongings with you.  Put books on the trolley to be re-shelved, and if you have borrowed any of the books, return them via the book return bin.  Desk spaces may not be reserved and any personal belongings left unattended will be removed.  

Library books and resources are for the use of all College members. Please do not mark or deface any items.

Library alarm

If your actions cause the alarm to go off, you must report immediately to the Library Office. Or, if the Office is closed, please email us. If you trigger the alarm and fail to report it, you will be fined £50. See the video below.

Finding books in the library

Books are arranged using the Dewey Decimal Classification System.  If a book is marked ‘stack’ on the catalogue, please ask a member of the library staff to fetch it for you from the stack.

If you would like to know what type of materials we keep in the library, please refer to our Collection Management Policy.

Suggest a book for purchase

If you are a current member of St Hugh’s College and would like to recommend an item for purchase, please complete the book suggestion form.

Study spaces

There are different kinds of study space in the library: lobby (group work and discussion), main reading rooms (quiet), silent reading room (silent - no laptops or headphones). Stack 4 can accommodate students for group work or individual quiet study. It is available between 9:00 and 22:00 and can be booked with the library staff or with the lodge after 17:00

Use of computers in the library

Six reader PCs are available in the library: 4 in the lobby, 1 in the Upper Reading Room and 1 in the Law Library.  You may send items to the library printer from any of these computers.

WiFi internet access is available in the library.  You are welcome to use your laptop in any part of the library except the Silent Reading Room on the upper floor.

If you wish to plug your laptop in to the mains, you must do so in a way that does not leave the cable trailing across the floor, as this creates a trip hazard.  Reader seats with sockets can be found in the Upper Reading Room, the Fulford Room, Science Reading Room and East Room.

Study aids

A range of study aids are available to help improve your library experience:

  • noise-cancelling headphones;
  • laptop stands;
  • book stands;
  • wrist rests;
  • magnifiers;
  • support cushions;
  • and blankets. 

You can find them in the baskets in the lobby and the Upper Reading Room. Please return these items to the baskets before you leave the library. Contact us if you have any other requests.