Welcome to this brief guide to the History Faculty Library and Radcliffe Camera, situated in Radcliffe Square in the heart of Oxford. This video will provide a guide to entering and exiting the building, our Reading Rooms and collections, the locations of our key facilities, and how to borrow and return items.
You will need to use your University card on the grey contactless pads to enter and exit the building. If you have registered any accessibility requirements with us and have been in contact with our librarians regarding level access, your card should trigger the automatic door function.
This will take you past our tourist detectors – congratulations, you’re in the Lower Camera Reading Room. If you experience any access issues using your card, please speak to our staff stationed on the Reception or Circulation Desks for help.
We hope you’ll agree that the Radcliffe Camera is a lovely place to study. Whilst navigating our library spaces can feel a bit overwhelming at first, the next slide should hopefully help you to understand how our collections are organised.
As you can see in the diagram [image showing the outline of the Upper Camera, Lower Camera and Gladstone link], the library houses reference only Bodleian books in the Upper Camera and Lower Gladstone link, whereas the History Faculty lending material is mainly held across the Lower Camera and Upper Gladstone Link Reading Rooms. If you think of it like a hummus sandwich, the ‘bread’ at the top and bottom is Bodleian material and must stay in the library, whereas the ‘hummus filling’ in the middle is History Faculty material and may be borrowed! Direction posters are located across our floors, but please do speak to staff if you have trouble finding anything.
All borrowable books in the Radcliffe Camera have a History Faculty Library golden sticker on the front, with the exception of set texts kept in the Upper Camera, which cannot be removed from the library.
In addition to History Faculty Library books, in the Lower Camera you’ll find the staff Circulation Desk near the library entrance. You can borrow books and collect your available hold requests for the History Faculty Library here. Extended loan arrangements can be put in place for readers who are in contact with the Disability Advisory Service. There is also a staff office in the Upper Camera; if you have any questions about using our spaces or collections we are always happy to help.
When returning your books, you can either hand them to a member of staff at our Reception or Circulation Desks or place them into one of our drop boxes. Drop boxes are located in the entrance foyer and inside the Lower Camera.
Quick search PCs in the reading rooms allow you to check the library catalogue SOLO, and Reader PCs allow access to our digital collections. Printing, scanning and copying facilities are also available in each room.
You can also ask us about our range of accessibility study aids, including coloured overlays, magnifiers and reading rulers. We have a number of height adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs for use in the Lower Camera and Upper Gladstone Link.
For more information on our collections and services please visit the Radcliffe Camera website. We also offer orientation tours where library staff will be glad to show you our facilities. You can get in touch at any time by emailing us at the address shown on this slide [email@example.com], or alternatively by phoning us [01865 277262].
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