Students studying in the upstairs reading room of Hertford library


If you are not a current member of the college, please contact the Librarian to arrange access to the library:

alice [dot] roques [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk (Alice Roques)
+44 (0)1865 279409

Professor Emma Smith
Fellow Librarian



Hertford members have access to the library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The library is arranged across three floors and provides textbooks and journals, study spaces with network points, Wi-Fi and a computer room.

The library operates on a self-service basis. To borrow, scan your university card and the library barcode inside the book at the self-issue PC on the ground floor.

  • Undergraduates can borrow books for 2 weeks.
  • Postgraduates can borrow books for 4 weeks.
  • Fines for overdue books are 10p per day.
  • Books can be renewed and reserved on SOLO.

The Librarian is available from 09:00 to 17:00 each week day and is on hand to help you:

  • Track down items on reading lists.
  • Use online resources (ebooks, ejournals, databases etc).
  • Cite material correctly to avoid plagiarism.
  • Access other Oxford libraries.

Please alice [dot] roques [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk (get in touch) if you have any questions or if would like 1-2-1/group support.


Please observe the following so that the library remains a pleasant place for all Hertford members:

  • Don't bring food into the library.
  • Drink bottled water only.
  • Switch phones to silent.
  • Keep conversations to a minimum.
  • Clear desks at the end of the day.
  • Don’t borrow books for someone else.

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