Using the Library
The Library is open to members of College 24 hours every day throughout the year and is staffed from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
The Library aims to offer all Keble students:
➤a welcoming and comfortable environment for study
➤access to the resources for core undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses, some further resources relating to optional papers, and research-level materials in selected areas.
➤staff providing an approachable and responsive enquiry service covering
➤books and information resources in all subjects offered at Keble
➤searching the online catalogue and other information skills
➤online journals, databases and ebooks provided by the University
➤accessing other materials from other libraries across Oxford
➤collections of fiction, DVDs, books on study skills and wellbeing, and other resources and equipment to support student life at Keble
➤opportunities to see some of the rare books and manuscripts held in the Library’s Special Collections, and to use them for their study and research on request.
Using the Library
You will need your University Card to enter and leave, to borrow books, and to photocopy, print or scan.
There are currently 55 seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Face coverings are encouraged in the main reading room unless you have an exemption, in which case you are asked to display an exemption card. Face coverings are optional in the two downstairs reading rooms. This is to ensure all students and staff have a workspace in which they feel safe and comfortable.
Undergraduates can borrow up to 15 books for two weeks, or the length of the vacation. Postgraduates can borrow up to 15 books for one month. Loans can be renewed up to four times. Late fees are charged at 5p per item, per day, and will be added to battels.
Journal volumes, law reports, and books marked ‘Reference Only’ may not be borrowed.
➤The Library is for use by current members of Keble only. You must not let non-members accompany or follow you into the Library. If you wish to show the Library to friends or family, you need to ask permission from the librarians before you bring guests inside to avoid disturbing other students.
➤Books must not be removed from the Library without being checked out. If the alarm sounds, go back and try the self-issue machine again, or note your loans on the paper form if the machine is not working.
➤Students are responsible for loans on their accounts. Overdue fines will be charged at 5p per item per day, and readers with books that are lost, damaged, or not returned after several reminders will be charged the cost of a replacement copy. Library staff can adjust loans and renewals if needed, so students are encouraged to contact email@example.com with any issues to avoid building up fines.
➤No food and drink in the Library, except for bottled water, or drinks in KeepCups.
➤Desks must be kept clear when not in use. If you want to leave study-related belongings in the library overnight or between study sessions, you may store these in one of the crates in the area by the photocopier. Any library books in crates must be checked out to you. Valuables should not be left anywhere in the Library.
➤The Library is a space for silent study. Please show respect for your peers by keeping noise to a minimum and by switching off your mobile phone.
➤Readers must observe the Health and Safety recommendations on the use of ladders and kick-steps, and other Health and Safety notices displayed in the Library.
Misuse of the Library Services will result in fines of £30-75. Repeated offences may lead to banning from the Library.
Inclusive Learning and Accessibility
If you have any type of disability and would benefit from extra support in order to access the library, use the study space, or access physical and online resources, Leona Stewart, the Assistant Librarian and Library Disability Contact would be very happy to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately step-free access to the main entrance is not available, and access to the ground floor on Liddon Quad is only available by contacting the Library staff during staffed hours.
More information is available on our Disability Support Guide (pdf).
Special Collections and Archives
Keble has a large collection of medieval manuscripts, pre-1800 printed books covering a variety of topics, and a number of non-Western manuscripts and modern special collections. It also has an Archive of records relating to the history of the College. Keble students are welcome to view these items for their own interest or to support their research, and should visit Library & Archives for more information and email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org