Notice: Language Centre building closure

The Language Centre building (including the library) is currently closed and our staff are now working remotely. Please check our home page for further updates. Language Centre library books can be returned via the book drop letterbox to the right of the entrance to the Radcliffe Humanities building across the road from the Language Centre. 



Notice: Self-issue machine

We regret that the self-issue machine is currently out of service.
Library staff will be available to issue books at the following times:
Monday: 16.00-20.00
Tuesday: 14.00-17.00
Wednesday: 16.00-20.00
Thursday: 14.00-17.00
Friday: 14.00-17.00

At other times, the library may be used for reference. 
Alternatively, you may bring your books to the Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library (just across the road at Radcliffe Humanities) and they will be issued to you there. PTFL is open from 9.30-19.00, Monday-Friday.

Please use the Book Returns Box for returning any item which you have borrowed. Library staff will then cancel your loan and reshelve the item. DO NOT use the desk drawer for returns while the self-issue machine is unavailable.

We apologise for any inconvenience while the self-issue machine is out of use.


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. You may register at the library during staffed hours. At other times, please email, giving your name and the bar-code number of your University Card, and using your email address. We aim to process registration requests within 1 working day. You will not be able to borrow until registration has been completed. 

If you want to register and borrow in a single visit, and cannot attend during staffed hours, you may go to the Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library (at Radcliffe Humanities, across the road from the Language Centre library), and staff there will process your registration request so that you can then return to the Language Centre library and borrow.


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 opening hours are the same as the Language Centre.

  • Staffed hours (vacation): 14:00 - 17:00, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.
  • Staffed hours (term-time): 16:00 - 20:00 Monday and Wednesday. 14:00 - 17:00 Friday


Contact the library

Language Centre Library
12 Woodstock Road
Phone: 01865 283362

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