Arrangements during Library Closure Summer 2013

The library roof is being replaced over the summer and the main part of the building will be closed from 24th June (week 10) until the work is complete in mid September. When we have a more definite re-opening date we will let all users know.

Below is a list of FAQs detailing what parts of the Library and collections will be available over the summer, as well as alternative study space arrangements.

Which areas of the library will be accessible?

The Classics room and the Upper and Lower extension will be open to users. Books in these areas will be able to be borrowed as normal.

The main library building will be closed to users though library staff will be able to access the lower floor and can therefore fetch books for users from philosophy, science, medicine, art and reference sections. The upper library will be off limits for both users and staff.

How will we get into the library?

The main entrance will be closed to users. Access to the library will be via the first floor of Holtby and through the Classics room (currently a fire exit). It will be clearly signposted.

Will there be changes in opening arrangements?

Unfortunately owing to the presence of conference guests throughout the summer, the library will only be open from 9-5 on weekdays.

What do I do if I want a book from the lower floor of the main library (philosophy, science, medicine, art)?

Please ask staff by email or by coming into the library during normal working hours. We will endeavour to fetch the books you need within the hour.

What do I do if I want a book from the upper part of the main library (law, English literature, history)?

If you know you are going to need books from the upper floor of the main library over the summer, please check them out before 24th June. After that date we will not be able to access them. The library collection at St. Anne’s will be available for Somerville users for consultation over the Long Vacation. Borrowing from St. Anne’s, however, will not be permitted.

Will I be able to find somewhere to study?

There will be spaces in the Lower extension and in the Classics Room at Somerville. St. Anne’s will also be available for Somerville members to use during the Long Vacation, in normal working hours (weekdays, 9-5).

Will the library staff still be available to help me?

There will be a member of library staff in the library Classics room during normal working hours. We will also be responding to email enquiries.

Will copying and printing still be available?

Printing will be available from the printer in the lower extension and in the Palmer Room in Park. Copying facilities will be limited – please consult library staff if you need to copy.

Do not hesitate to contact the Library staff if you have any further queries about summer arrangements: you can email us at or come and see us as usual at our desk or in the office

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