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The Howard Piper Library is for the use of current students and staff of St Hugh’s College only.  External readers may be admitted by appointment. If you wish to arrange a visit, please contact the library at least a week in advance. Our email address is

The Howard Piper Library is accessible 24 hours a day. The library office is open Monday-Friday, 09:00-12:30 and 13:00-17:00. Please come and say hello – we are always happy to help you!  Our phone number is 00 44 (0)1865 274938 and you can email us via Security cameras are in operation in the library.

The Main Library

Please keep your mobile phone on silent mode in the library, and step outside the library if you need to make or receive a call.  If you would like to use headphones, please keep the volume low so that other readers are not disturbed.

You may bring bottled water into the library. No other drinks or food may be brought into the library.

Laptops may be used throughout the library, except in the silent study room on the upper floor.  WiFi internet access is available in the library.

Books are arranged using the Dewey Decimal Classification System. If a book is marked ‘stack’ on the catalogue, please ask a member of the library staff to fetch it for you from the stack.

Library books and resources are for the use of all College members. Please do not mark or deface any items.

You will need your fob to gain entry to the Library, and your University card to use the self-service kiosk.  You may borrow up to 20 books.  The loan period is 2 weeks (vacations are not counted).  You may renew each book up to 4 times online, if no-one has placed a reservation/hold on the book.  If you wish to keep any books for longer, bring them to the library office.  Once you have finished using the books you have borrowed, please return them via the book return bin. 

When you have finished working in the library, take your personal belongings with you.  Desk spaces may not be reserved and desks will be cleared every morning.  Any personal belongings left unattended will be passed on to Lost Property at the Porters’ Lodge.

If you are a member of St Hugh’s College and would like to recommend an item for purchase, please complete the Book Suggestion Form.

If you would like to know what type of materials we keep in the library, please refer to our Collection Management Policy.

Reproducing information from books, journals or the internet is subject to copyright law. Please bear this in mind when photocopying, printing, photographing or scanning such information to ensure your use is legal.

Nora Khayi (Librarian)
Louise Cowan (Senior Library Assistant)

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