College Library

The library offers a welcoming and comfortable study space located on the second floor which is available 24/7 to all members, except for College vacation periods. The college library has 22 desk spaces for formal silent study, including 2 height adjustable desks, prioritized for use by students who require these for medical or mobility reasons. Spaces for informal study, especially that involving group work is available across various areas of the college, including the Hooke entrance.

*Please note that the Reuben College library is separate from the RSL library, which operates with its own opening hours. 


Library Regulations

Please keep phones on silent and all conversation to a minimum.

Only drinks with secure lids are permitted in the library.

Please do not leave your belongings on the desks. The library does not take responsibility for any private possessions.



SOLO is the search tool for the major collections of Oxford University’s libraries. Help guides on how to use SOLO are available here.

Book suggestions from Reuben members are welcome so please email the Librarian ( with any recommendations.

Material not held in any Oxford libraries can be obtained via Bodleian Libraries Inter-Library Loan service, provided free of charge to all University members. The online inter-library loan request form, together with full instructions, can be found here.


Borrowing, Returning and Renewing

The library operates via a self-issue system. All books must be taken out via the self-issue terminal. Returns should be left on the selves below the terminal.

Loan limits are:

Graduates Taught


Graduates Research


Graduates Taught (SSP)


Graduates Research (SSP)



Books are loaned for 7 days, but will automatically renew for up to 112 days (16 weeks) unless reserved by another student. 


Printing, Scanning and IT Support

Printing and scanning facilities are available around the building.

Wireless access is available throughout the library using Eduroam. If you have any problems with the College IT facilities, please email



If you have any difficulty in accessing the library, using library materials or are unsure about how accessible the library would be to you please contact the Librarian

See also the Bodleian Libraries' Services for disabled readers.


Contact the Library

For any assistance and advice please contact