About the Library
The Kathleen Major Library at St Hilda's College is a spacious, well-stocked and attractive library. It houses around 70,000 books across all the subjects studied at undergraduate level, with multiple copies of the most frequently-used items. Our more specialised collections are also useful for research students. We have particular strengths in medieval history and literature and women's studies. The library also has a dedicated fund to purchase books in support of postgraduate students on taught courses.
Students can also make use of a large popular fiction section, including recreational material such as travel books, and an ever-growing DVD collection. The library holds a small but significant collection of around 700 rare books, covering the 15th century to the present day. It is predominantly made up of donations, most notably by Dorothea Beale (1831-1906), the founder of the College. Together with the College archive, the rare books are kept in a state-of-the-art archive store, where temperature and humidity levels are closely controlled.
With seven reading rooms over three floors, the library offers seating for over 150 readers. Our galleried main reading room, dating from 1935, looks out over the River Cherwell and the spires of central Oxford. The library has full disabled access to all areas, as well as a disabled access washroom facility within the library.
There are ten fully-networked PCs, and an all-in-one printer, scanner and photocopier. All rooms in the library have wireless connectivity. The library garden provides a popular outdoor quiet study area, offering full connectivity to the network.
Opening times and contacts
During term, the library's opening hours are as follows:
During the summer and Christmas vacations, we are open 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Monday - Friday. We are closed at weekends. Easter vacation opening hours are variable and are announced in advance of the holiday.
Members of the University and external visitors are admitted by prior appointment with the Librarian. We include details of special events and exhibitions that are open to the public in St Hilda's News.
There are other Oxford University libraries in which you can work thoughout the city.
College library catalogue (Heritage)
Other University of Oxford libraries and electronic books and journals (SOLO)
E-journals and databases (OxLIP+)