The Library

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Brasenose has two excellent libraries which members can access 24 hours a day. There are collections in all subject areas covered by the College. The Library holds more than 60,000 books and periodicals. It is also just a short distance from the University's Bodleian Library and many of the faculty and departmental libraries.

The Greenland Library

Brasenose College Library 05  The upper floor of the Greenland Library, known for many years as the Main Library and recently          renamed the Del Favero Reading Room, was opened in 1664, although it was restricted to use by Fellows of the College until 1897. It is on the first floor above a former cloister and is an impressive room with a painted barrel-vaulted ceiling and expansive views of the Radcliffe Camera and All Souls College.

The library is an excellent place to study with the light and airy space divided into sixteen bays, each with connections for laptops in addition to the wireless network.

The History Library

The History Library holds the modern history and politics collections and is reached by a short staircase leading from the Del Favero Reading Room. It was opened in 1951 and features two Tudor chimneys which were uncovered in a fire in 1950.

The Smith Reading Room

Beneath the Del Favero Reading Room, and linked with a spiral staircase, sits the recently completed Smith Reading Room. In addition to the books shelved in this amazing old cloister there are desks (some height adjustable) equipped with power and USB ports, a cosy casual seating area and a collaborative study room containing a large iBoard tablet for student use. The Smith Reading Room holds the physics, chemistry, maths and computing, engineering, geography, biological sciences (including medicine), music and art collections.


The Law Library

The Stallybrass Memorial Library, named after a former Principal, houses the College's law collections.


Collaborative Study Room

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Located at the Chapel end of the Smith Reading Room this is a flexible space that contains an iBoard Touch; white board; foldup tables; and chairs. Configurations may be a desk format for collaboration and general study or cinema layout to view a film or presentation if the screen is in use. It may be booked on a first come first served basis by students. When not pre-booked the space is available to anybody as regular study space.





A brief history of the library buildings can be found in the College buildings section.



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Brasenose holds a substantial and interesting collection of antiquarian books and manuscripts dating back to the sixteenth century. It is believed that by the mid-sixteenth century Brasenose owned in excess of 100 volumes and now holds around 2,500 books published before 1641. Many of these were chained until 1780 when a major refurbishment took place under the direction of James Wyatt.






Fellow Librarian - Professor Simon Palfrey
College Librarian - Liz Kay
Assistant Librarian - Joanna Mills
Rare Books Cataloguer - Sophie Floate

Brasenose College Library
Brasenose College
Radcliffe Square

Library Email
Library Telephone: 01865 277826

Online resources

The Library provides connections to electronic resources available across the University. These include:

SOLO: Search Oxford Libraries Online
Electronic journals via SOLO
All e-resources

books_in_the_main_library.jpgLibrary induction

Library induction sessions are organised for new students but any College member who would like a brief informal tour or requires any assistance should ask the library staff who are always happy to help.

The library is specifically for the Members of Brasenose College. All users must read and observe the Library Protocol.





Visitors are advised to contact the College Librarian for an appointment.


Common queries about college and university services.

The Lodge

The services provided by the porters.

The College Office

Information on the services and staff.


Information on college rooms.


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Fees & Finance

Food & Drink

Information on Brasenose's catering services and bar.

IT Support

Information on IT provision for students.