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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.
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.
Library: 8am – 10pm for initial reopening
Lawns Pavilion Reading Room: 24/7
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
To continue to protect our community and ensure the library remains open to everyone, we encourage all readers to observe the following precautions:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you need a book which is already on loan, please email email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If we do not have a book you need, or there are not enough copies of a recommended text, please get in touch via email@example.com. 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.
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
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
Please note that the library is currently closed to all visitors until further notice.
Trinity’s historic collections include early printed books, illustrated books, and a manuscript collection dating from the tenth to sixteenth centuries.
The Trinity Archive includes a wide range of material including legal documents, accounts, photographs and a growing record of ephemera showing college life in the last century.