Library and IT Facilities
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.
With seven reading rooms over three floors, the library has 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. There is also a disabled access washroom facility within the library.
Students can also make use of a large popular fiction section. This includes 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 College Founder Dorothea Beale (1831-1906). Together with the College archive, the rare books are kept in a state-of-the-art archive store. Here temperature and humidity levels are closely controlled.
The library has fully-networked PCs, and an all-in-one printer, scanner and photocopier. All rooms there have wireless connectivity. Our library garden provides a popular outdoor quiet study area, with full connectivity to the network.
Opening times and contacts
During term, the library's opening hours are as follows:
We include details of special events and exhibitions that are open to the public in St Hilda's News.
The library also provides access to the networked electronic resources subscribed to by the University. There are also other Oxford University libraries thoughout the city in which you can work.
St Hilda’s has excellent IT facilities. We have three computer rooms: one in South Building, one in the Library, and a third for graduate students in their Common Room. The computer room machines have CD/DVD drives and headphone ports. Each computer room has its own black and white printer. There is a scanner and a colour printer in the Library computer room.
All computer rooms have internet access, as well as access to a College-run file server where students can store their study-related files. All College accommodation is networked and students may register their own computers for the network. WiFi is available in all on-site rooms and public spaces.
Help and advice is available from St Hilda's IT staff.