Access and admission

Due to the ongoing period of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nuffield Library is currently closed to external readers, Associate Members and alumni. Information on access, services and support to College members under the current circumstances may be found on the Library’s intranet page and supersede the normal procedures set out below.


Monday-Friday 13:30 - 17:30 


Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

Tuesday 17th December 2019.

Christmas 2019 - the library will close on Friday 20th December 2019 and reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Easter 2020 - the library will close on Wednesday the 8th of April and reopen on Wednesday the 15th of April.

Summer Vacation 2020 - the library will be closed throughout the month of August.

NB, current members of Nuffield College have 24x7 access to the Library with their key.


The entrance to the Library is located on the right as you enter Nuffield College (opposite the Porters' Lodge).


Registration for use of the Library is renewed annually and offered to:

  1. Members and Associate members of the College, former members of the College
  2. Graduate students and staff from other Oxford Colleges and University institutions
  3. Such other persons as may be admitted from time to time by the Librarian.

Applications under a) and b) should be made to the Library Circulation Desk where your University card will be registered for access. Applicants under c) may be admitted at the discretion of the Librarian; applications should be made in advance and should be supported by a Fellow of the College or by a letter of recommendation. 


All members of Nuffield College may borrow from the Library - you will be issued with a copy of the Library notes and rules when you register.

The following have limited borrowing rights (3 books):

  1. Former members of Nuffield College
  2. Members of St Antony's College
  3. Research postgraduates (i.e. DPhil students) and members of staff at Oxford University

Please note: taught course (Masters) students and undergraduates may not borrow. The Library has a reference collection of core reading list material for Taught-course-collection social science courses.