About Wadham Library

A calm study space where you'll find books online or in hard copy as well as facilities to help you with your studies.


Open 24/7 the Library provides places for quiet study. Here you'll find your course books, electronic resources, scanning, photocopying and printing facilities. An attractive 'beanbag' seating area, where you can relax with a book or journal, looks out over the cloister. A discussion room, available on a drop-in basis, provides group study space for up to 16 people.

Library history

Designed by Glasgow architects Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, Wadham Library was built in the 1970s and officially opened in July 1976. Architecturally renowned, the building features brushed concrete walls and pillars and a series of half levels creating interesting sight lines across the reading rooms. Originally the library collections were housed in the Old Library within the College's foundation buildings.

Watch the video below to find out more about our history and collections.

Visiting Wadham Library

Our library staff can arrange sessions for researchers wishing to consult our antiquarian book collection. University of Oxford students can visit by appointment to view titles unavailable in other Oxford University libraries.

Please email library@wadham.ox.ac.uk, or contact the library by phone on 01865 277914 to make an appointment.