The Howard Piper Library

The Howard Piper Library is one of the largest College libraries in Oxford. The library is open to all current students and staff of St Hugh’s College. External readers may be admitted by appointment.

The library is accessible 24 hours per day, and is on key fob access with security cameras in operation. The library office is open Monday-Friday, 9.00am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 5.00pm. Please visit and say hello – we are always happy to help you! You can also contact the library by email or telephone.

T: 01865 274938

Quick links

History Guide to the library
College archive Search the library catalogue (SOLO)
Maps Search for ejournals and databases (OXLIP+)

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Library team

Nora Khayi

Nora Khayi

Key information

Collection and book classification

The library is home to a varied collection, which covers all undergraduate and graduate taught subject areas. Additionally our collections include: DVDs, fiction and titles by Fellows of St Hugh’s College.

Our Collection Management Policy includes more information on the type of materials we keep 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.

Book suggestion form

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.

Book suggestion form

Suggesting books for the library.
Loan and returns

The library has a self-service kiosk which allows you to borrow and return books any time of the day or night.

You may borrow up to 20 books and the loan period is two weeks (vacations are not counted). You may renew each book up to four 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.

Item Maximum number of Items Loan period Maximum number of renewals
Book 20 2 weeks 4
CD-ROM 20 2 weeks 4
DVD 3 3 days 0
Library rules

You may bring bottled water into the library. No other drinks or food may be brought into the library. This is to ensure our resources and study spaces remain clean, and that our Library is a comfortable place for everyone to work in.

Please keep your mobile phone on silent mode in the library, and step outside 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.

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

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 College Lodge.


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.

Information for external readers

Access to St Hugh’s library is limited to current students and staff of the College.

External readers may be admitted by appointment. If you wish to arrange a visit, please contact the library at least a week in advance.

library study desk
library doorway
Library 2nd floor
Library from garden
Library books black and white
Library books

Library images by Louise Cowan.