Library and Resources

Be inspired to work by the beauty of our popular College Library. Open long hours so you can study when it suits you, the Library offers 85 study spaces, a generous borrowing limit, and the opportunity to request the purchase of books you need. Our friendly Library staff are here to help you get the most out of the libraries of Oxford and to support your studies.

The Library
Lincoln students in the Library

As well as our own well-stocked library, you'll also have access to other excellent study spaces in Oxford. The famous Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera are only a two minute walk from Lincoln College.

Lincoln College Library Opening Hours:

6am-2am: Term time - weeks 0 to 9
6am-11pm: Vacations

The Library is staffed Monday-Friday, 9.15am-5.30pm (except 12.30-1.30pm) and during term 9.30am-12.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

We are keen to help all our readers to make the most of our library, so please contact us to discuss further support or equipment we could provide to facilitate this.

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Current students can find more information here.

Current student, Seb Green

If you’re going to spend so much time studying, do it in style! Make the most of the fact you have the most magnificent library in Oxford.

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Detailed information regarding accessibility in the Library can be found here. To discuss further support, including equipment that may facilitate your use of the Library, please contact the Librarian.

For more information about the University’s services, including the Disability Advisory Service (DAS) and the Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU), please see here. The Bodleian provides a document conversion service, SensusAccess, that converts readings into alternative formats including audio books and digital Braille.

External library users

The Library is open to current Lincoln College members only. If an item in our modern collection is unavailable in any other Oxford University library, members of the University of Oxford and other scholarly institutions are welcome to make an appointment to consult it in our Library. We regret we are unable to lend our material to anyone who is not a member of the College or to provide photocopying or scanning facilities to visiting readers.

To make an appointment to consult our early printed books or to request images from them, please contact Sarah Cusk.

Lincoln College’s manuscripts are housed in the Weston Library of the Bodleian Libraries. Bodleian readers with manuscript permissions may consult them there in the usual way. Visiting researchers should click here for information on how to arrange to consult manuscripts held in the Weston Library.

Requesting images

Lincoln College’s manuscripts are housed in the Weston Library of the Bodleian Libraries. To request images of our manuscripts for personal scholarly use, please contact the Bodleian.

To request permission to publish images of Lincoln College’s manuscripts obtained from the Bodleian, or images of our early printed books, please print out, complete, and submit both the Application form for Permission to Use Images and the Terms of Use forms. Costs can be seen in the Rate Card. Scans of the forms may be emailed but we also require signed hard copies to be sent for our records, which should be sent to the Librarian, Lincoln College, Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DR.

If your application is approved, you will be notified and the Terms of Use document will be returned signed by a representative of the College. Permission is dependent on payment of the appropriate fee.

Contact the Library team
Lucy Matheson

Lucy Matheson

  • Librarian
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Marina Sotiriou

Marina Sotiriou

  • Assistant Librarian
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Following HM Government's guidance, Lincoln College Library is currently closed.

Where next?

  • Explore Lincoln with our virtual tourRead more
  • Take a look at our undergraduate coursesRead more
  • Discover the options for graduate studyRead more