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

Library &

Reading Room

War Memorial Library and

Lawns Pavilion Reading Room

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.

Since 2019, the Lawns Pavilion Reading Room has offered study spaces and IT facilities during the construction of the Levine Building.

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

Library and Study Spaces

This term we are pleased to welcome readers back to the main library from Monday 4 October (0th Week). Students will once again be able to use the study spaces and access books themselves. As before, no booking is necessary. Please note: there will continue to be some disruption from the ongoing building works. 

Readers also have study spaces, toilets, PCs, lockers and a printer available in the Lawns Pavilion.

Arrangements are based on current guidance and will be reviewed as needed.

Term time opening hours

Library: 8am – 10pm for initial reopening 

Lawns Pavilion Reading Room: 24/7

Study spaces

Library: 79 seats (readers are encouraged to respect each other’s space)

Lawns Pavilion Reading Room: 52 seats

Nunnery Attic study area: accessible to residents only

Safety measures while in the library and reading rooms

To continue to protect our community and ensure the library remains open to everyone, we encourage all readers to observe the following precautions:

  • We recommend you continue to wear face coverings to protect other readers while sharing indoor spaces.
  • Please keep any windows ajar for ventilation (these will be adjusted based on our CO2 monitor feedback).
  • Please wear warm clothing as windows will remain open and there is currently only emergency heating in the Main Library building.  
  • Please make use of the hand sanitizer and wipes that will be provided before and after using a study space. 
  • The library will be cleaned daily by the library scout; please ensure you leave any spaces in good condition so cleaning staff are not put at risk.

Finding and Borrowing

Your Books

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.

 

Diagram showing how to find shelfmark and availability on SOLO.

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 via the self-service machine and return books to the books return post box in the upper library.

You are encouraged to be mindful of seated readers’ personal space when browsing shelves.

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

If you need a book which is already on loan, please email library@trinity.ox.ac.uk. 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 library@trinity.ox.ac.uk 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

Requests

If we do not have a book you need, or there are not enough copies of a recommended text, please get in touch via library@trinity.ox.ac.uk. 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 Lawns Pavilion Reading Room, Lodge or room within college if health reasons prevent you from accessing the library

  • Assistive equipment requests

  • Automatic renewals

  • Range of wellbeing books in Lawns Pavilion Reading Room (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

Please note that the library is currently closed to all visitors until further notice.