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Visitor Information

Getting to the Library

Getting to St John's | Getting to the Library (3MB)

The main Library entrance is located in the far right hand corner of Canterbury Quad. Please ask at the Porters' Lodge for directions.

Access for Visitors

Readers from elsewhere in Oxford

Readers are welcome to consult material not available elsewhere in the University. External readers, should first make an appointment (tel. 01865 277331 or email the Librarian) to check that the item is available.

Academic Researchers

Visits from academic researchers wishing to use the historic collections are welcome. Graduate students should bring a letter from their supervisor. Please email the Librarian to arrange an appointment. Visitors who require special access should make this clear when writing. Please note that the permission of the College will be needed for publication.

Alumni & Members' Visitors

Members may show friends or colleagues around the Library and should always sign them into the Visitors' book kept at the Desk. Guided tours for small groups may be arranged with the Librarian. Alumni are welcome to visit the library during normal opening hours, and to bring their families and friends, signing them in as guests.


Prospective students are also welcome to visit the Library. Other prospective visitors should contact email the Librarian beforehand to see if this is possible.

Contact details

St John's College
St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP
Work Tel: 01865 277300
Fax: 01865 277435
University of Oxford