The Oxford University Language Centre Library holds materials in 200 languages. It has lending books, sound recordings,videos, newspapers and online resources. It includes all the languages taught at the Language Centre, other languages, indigenous and heritage languages, less commonly taught languages, pidgins and creoles, as well as material in some endangered languages.

See our Library guide for more information on registering to use the library, facilities, finding what you are looking for, borrowing and returning, and details of the collection.

Joining the library

The library is open to all University members. It is a lending library, with the exception of class textbooks and reference books. New University users may register remotely by emailing, giving your name and the bar-code number of your University Card, and using your email address. We aim to process registration requests on Mondays and Thursdays in term-time. You will not be able to borrow via our click-and-collect service until registration has been completed. 


Once you have registered as a member of the Language Centre library, you may borrow from the library, using the self-issue machine. You may borrow up to 10 items at a time:

•    Books and CDs are issued for 28 day loans 
•    DVDs are issued for 14 day loans

You may renew your loans via SOLO up to 4 times. Vacation-long loans are automatically given between 8th and 0th week. Reference books and textbooks with reference stickers may be taken from the library to a classroom in the Centre if needed for a taught session. They should be returned to the library after each class. They must not be taken out of the building. 


Opening hours

The Library's opening hours are the same as the Language Centre: 08.45 to 17.00, Monday to Friday during term time. The library (and the Language Centre building) is closed over the long vacation except by prior appointment. For more information, see Contact or Visit Us | Oxford University Language Centre.

Library books can be returned at any time by putting them into the mail box hanging on the metal gate at the entry to the building.

During term, the library is unstaffed except for the following times:

  • Staffed hours (term-time, Weeks 1-8 only): 11.00-16.00 Tuesday and Friday

Contact the library

Language Centre Library
12 Woodstock Road
 01865 283362 (during staffed hours only; see above)

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