Kellogg College Library

The Lobby, Kellogg College Library

Situated at the heart of the College, on the ground and first floors of Geoffrey Thomas House (60 Banbury Road), Kellogg College Library provides a comfortable and welcoming place of study for College members. Facilities include six reading-rooms, all with wireless connectivity and three with power points for the desk-based use of laptops, and a computer room with printing/copying facilities.

Computer Room, Kellogg College Library

There is a broad book stock supporting mainly humanities subjects and some social sciences, with smaller collections of course texts in some other subjects. Although the Library is one of the newest in Oxford, it has already gained a reputation both within and beyond the University for its holdings in English architectural history, interior design, and the history of planning; there are also substantial collections in English archaeology, the history of art, local history, and aspects of medieval and early modern history and English and French literature. Historic Dance collection, Kellogg College LibraryIn addition, the Library holds the collection of the National Resource Centre for Historic Dance. The collections are not yet fully catalogued or ordered, but progress is being made and new items are added to the University catalogue ( weekly. The National Resource Centre for Historic Dance is not yet catalogued, but is mostly listed and shelved in list order (we hope to have a complete list available during 2017-18). Items published before 1850, of which there is a summary list here, are kept in the locked cupboard in the hall: readers wishing to consult such books are welcome to do so, but should ask the Library Assistant ( for an appointment.

Most of the Library stock has been acquired through the generosity of donors, both institutional and individual. We also have a small purchase budget which can be used to respond to individual requests from readers provided they fall within the terms of the Acquisitions Policy. Readers wishing to make requests for purchase are asked to email the Library Assistant ( giving as much detail, and as much notice, as possible.

The Library is open to eligible readers (as set out in the policy on access) 24 hours a day.

Access for College members requires a College registered University Card, which must be used to release the doors both on entering and on leaving the Library. The Library is protected by CCTV in each room and in the circulation area. There are a number of reading rooms providing different working environments.

Lillian Butler Davey Room - Kellogg College Library

Herbert Lane Room - Kellogg College Library

Reading Room - Kellogg College Library

Readers are asked to be considerate of others and to observe the Library Rules, and in particular to note that the Library is strictly for reference only. Borrowing, theft and damage to books have to be made good as they reduce the stock available for other readers, and reduce the budget available for meeting readers’ requests for purchase.

Accessible workstation - Kellogg College Library

The Library seeks to support readers with disabilities in accordance with a Statement of Provision. There is a lift into the Library from near College Reception, ramped access is available at the front of Geoffrey Thomas House (ask at Reception for a key), and there is an accessible workstation in the computer room, an additional large screen in the same room, and a height-adjustable desk in the Lilian Butler Davey Room. Library and other staff will assist with fetching books from upper shelves and from upstairs, to which access is more restricted.

In addition to the continuing programme of cataloguing, there will be a number of other developments during the course of 2017-18, particularly during the long vacation, as we seek to enhance the reading rooms and to create an attractive, integrated and appropriately supported Library for the College.

Staircase - Kellogg College Library