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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)


Chantal van den Berg ( Assistant Librarian)


Anna Murdoch (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.


St Hugh's College crest

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. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures

Face coverings are encouraged when using the library, unless exempt. Please be considerate and help up keep a safe and comfortable space for everyone. If you have to self-isolate, you can email the library and we will deliver books to your accommodation.

Behaviour in the library and care of its resources

You may bring drinks in sealed containers (such as bottles and KeepCups) 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 09:00 and 22:00 and can be booked here:

Use of computers in the library

Five reader PCs are available in the library: 3 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. An additional PC is available in the lobby for SOLO searching only.

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.