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Books in the St Cross College Library are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System, all our books are catalogued on the union catalogue, OLIS (Oxford Library Information System) and can be found via SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online).  

We now have a fetching service for our readers. If any College member should wish to consult a book from our Library, please just sign in to SOLO, find the book you need and select Request. We will then retrieve the book for you and leave it in your pigeon hole, once you've finished with it you can return it to the Porters Lodge. Alternatively, you can email the library with any such requests and we will facilitate this for you. 

We are also operating a desk booking system for readers to access the Library as a study space. If you would like to book a desk please email by 1 pm on the day before you would like to visit the Library.  

There is Wi-Fi access via Eduroam or the OWL network. 

A monthly list of new books is circulated to all College members and we display our newly acquired books alongside a themed termly display. 

Should you wish to request us to purchase books for your study purposes (both print and e-resources) please contact us on

Users' Guide

Borrowing Books

The Library may be used by college members ONLY. Other University members and researchers who wish to consult any of the books must apply to do so by contacting theLibrarian. College members are allowed to borrow up to 12 books at a time, for a period of four weeks.

Renewing Books

A week before a book is due back, an email reminder will be sent to you. You can only renew books before the due date and if there is no request for the book from another reader. After the book has been renewed three times it must be returned to the library before it can be checked out again. After that it may be renewed a further three times.

This can be done via SOLO:

  • In SOLO click on Sign On (Oxford SSO) 
  • Enter your username and password
  • Click on Continue to Shibboleth Identity Provider
  • Click on My Account (Top right corner)
  • Click on Renew for the title you wish to renew
  • Click on Sign Out

Returning Books

There is a secure returns cupboard in the entrance hall on the left next to the glass doors leading into the College.


Library Deposit Box in the Lodge

The Library Deposit Box in the Lodge


The James Currey Collection

In 2017 the College received a complete set of first editions of every book published by the James Currey imprint, a fantastic collection composed mainly of literature on African history and politics. James Currey has been called "The Godfather of African Literature", whose publishing house is responsible for producing a vast amount of academic books, journals, and other literature about Africa. We are very grateful to Wendy James and Douglas Johnson for helping us to secure this collection at St Cross, and to the publishers Boydell and Brewer, who have agreed to provide the St Cross library with every new first edition for at least the next 10 years. This is an exceptional resource which we hope will prove useful to all St Cross members for years to come. Please contact the Librarian Philippa Taney if you would like to access books from the collection, which is housed in the Douglas & Catherine Wigdor Room (opposite the Library).


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Online Resources

You will need your Single Sign-On password to access these.

SOLO - Search Oxford Libraries Online

This link gives access to the union catalogue of Oxford Libraries as well as a wide range of on-line databases.

Electronic Journals

The full list of electronic-access journals available from Oxford University can be found via SOLO. You can download electronic copies of articles, usually in PDF format, if the site tells you that you have full-text access.

Pusey House Library
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All St Cross residents are permitted to use the Library at Pusey House. The Library is open Monday - Friday, 09:30 - 17:25.

Please bring your Bod card and a face covering (unless you are exempt from wearing one). Face coverings can be removed if you are alone at a desk, but must be worn in the aisles. Hand sanitiser will be available and social distancing will be in operation.

The library is one of the largest 19th-century theology libraries in Oxford, and holds a collection of international importance of materials relating to the Oxford Movement and Anglo-Catholicism. Other strengths of the collection include: Anglican History; Patristics; Liturgy; Doctrinal Theology. The archive contains extensive material on the Tractarians and the Oxford Movement; Anglo-Catholic Societies; Anglican Religious Orders; and notable Anglo-Catholic individuals.

Further information is available here:


Law Reports

We have been fortunate to have been gifted a set of Law Reports published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR), Chancery Lane for the years 1865 to 2015. The ICLR reports have been the most authoritative (or 'best report') source for cases in the UK since 1865 (for the hierarchy of case reports, see These reports are housed in the Van Heyningen room and can be consulted by contacting