A view inside Trinity's War Memorial Library from the upstairs gallery.

War Memorial


War Memorial


Built as an enduring monument to the College’s fallen in the First World War, for almost a century the War Memorial Library has provided college members with an inviting space to study and a growing book collection. Our 50,000-volume selection covers all subjects taught at undergraduate level and is tailored to our readers’ evolving needs.

Our helpful library team, Emma and Sarah, are on hand to give a friendly welcome, provide advice and offer a priority book request service.

Using the


Term time opening hours


Study spaces

Library: 100 seats

Nunnery Attic study area: accessible to residents only

Library rules

  • Personal property cannot be left on desks (free lockers are available in the library foyer).
  • Drinks (no alcohol) in lidded cups are allowed, but food cannot be brought into the library.
  • Conversations, phone calls and video calls should remain outside.
  • Books cannot be borrowed on behalf of other students.

Finding and Borrowing

Your Books

If you are looking for books in the college Library, you may want to consult the Library map to see where books are shelved. 

SOLO is the online catalogue for Oxford’s libraries. To find out what we have, enter some keywords and select Trinity College Library from the drop-down list next to the search bar. Clicking Find & Request and selecting Trinity College Library will display the book’s shelfmark (left) and show whether it is available (right). If the book is already on loan a due date will be displayed.


A screenshot showing the SOLO book catalogue.

For more guidance on SOLO (including checking your account, accessing ebooks and finding journal articles) see this Bodleian Libraries guide. The library team are also on hand to help you.

Borrowing, renewing, recalling & returning books

You can borrow books using the self-service machine in the library foyer and return books to the books return post box.

Click & Collect and Scan & Deliver options available to disabled readers, clinically vulnerable and self-isolating students; please contact for more information.

If you need a book which is already on loan, please email The book will be reserved for you when it is returned.

Trinity members can benefit from borrowing up to 30 books at a time for an entire term or vacation. WISC visiting students can borrow up to 30 books for 28 days until their visiting membership expires. Books can be renewed online via your SOLO account or by emailing unless a book has been requested by another reader.

Please take care of all books on loan to you and returned requested books promptly. Damaged, lost or unreturned books will result in a replacement fee and admin fee.

New Book


If we do not have a book you need, or there are not enough copies of a recommended text, please get in touch via We purchase most book requests, and there is no limit on the number of suggestions. We also welcome requests for wider reading.

Requested books are treated as priority orders and we will email you as soon as requests are ready to collect.

For any books which are too costly or would not benefit other students, a book grant is available from the Academic Office.

More Information

And Support

Extra support

We can offer additional support if you have a disability, health condition or specific learning disability, regardless of whether you have formally disclosed it or not. Options include:

  • Reserving a library study space on request

  • Higher library account limit

  • Extra email reminders

  • Book delivery service to the Lodge or room within college if health reasons prevent you from accessing the library

  • Assistive equipment requests

  • Automatic renewals

  • Range of wellbeing books in the lower library (self-service or books can be fetched by staff) and ebooks here

Please get in touch with Emma (College Librarian) in confidence to discuss how we can help.

To arrange support from the Bodleian Libraries, please email the Bodleian's Disability Librarian. Alternatively, details of the disability contact for each individual library can be found here

Access to non-college members

Contact with details of any books you need which are unavailable elsewhere in Oxford libraries. Appointments can be made to consult these books. Please note that Trinity Library does not offer interlibrary loans.

Library donations

Please consult the college's Library donations policy if you wish to make a donation.