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Term weeks 0 and 9
Monday - Friday 8.45 - 18.30

Term weeks 1 to 8
Monday - Thursday 8.45 - 20.00
Friday 8.45 - 19:00
Saturday 10.00 - 13.00

Christmas and Easter vacation
Monday - Friday 8.45 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00

Summer vacation Monday - Friday
8.45 - 16.30


Language Centre Library

The Language Centre has one of the largest collection of materials for language learning in the UK. The library is a lending library with the exception of class textbooks and reference books. All prospective members must go for a tour (10 am, 2 pm weekdays)

The Library has a Language Centre Blog on which you can find the latest acquisitions on LibraryThing, websites on Delicious, news on Netvibes and updates on Twitter and Facebook. A library guide is also available. All material can be searched on SOLO, the Oxford University Library Catalogue

Currently there are 190 languages but the collection expands every year as new languages are added, often on request. The collection consists of:

  • Reference material (dictionaries, grammars, vocabulary builders). Textbooks with audio-visual material. Other books (readers, phonetics, literature)
  • Magazines, newspapers (list in the library guide), live television in about 20 languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
  • Videos: a large stock of foreign language and English films, documentaries and video textbooks (list on Excel)
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning programs on eight open-access computers and the Language Links pages
  • Modern Languages Final examinations since 1978 (Listening Comprehension, Discourse Topics). These examinations are not on OXAM but a selection is available on Weblearn


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