The Howard Piper Library

COVID-19 Measures

The Library in Trinity Term
Please find below details of services we can offer to support you during this term whether you are in College or studying at home.

Current Library loans
All loans have been extended until Friday 30th April 2021.  You can renew your books online (go to, sign on with your Oxford SSO and go to ‘My Account’), on the self-issue machine, or by emailing the library

All loans borrowed or renewed after the 30th April will be due back on 14th June 2021.

Library opening time
The Library will remain open 24/7 with closure time for cleaning:

Monday to Friday 7-9am and 1.30-2.30pm

Weekends 7.30am-9:30am and 1.30-2.30pm

Students living in college can enter the Library using their university card. COVID measures remain in force and we ask everyone to wear masks (unless exempt), and maintain social distancing at all times, as well as follow cleaning protocols when using library desks and equipment.

It is important that library rules are strictly followed in order to keep everyone safe and violation of any of these rules will result in the withdrawal of 24 hour opening.

Study spaces in the library are limited to 11 individual desks dispersed around the following reading rooms: Fulford room (3 seats), East room (2 seats), Upper Reading Room (3 seats), and Law Library (3 seats). Most study desks can easier be located when you enter these reading rooms.  There are no seat reservations; however, we ask you to use a desk up to a maximum of 3 hours.

Windows should remain open at all times for ventilation.

Book requests for students
Book requests can be made using the library book suggestion form or via email:

We will try to accommodate any relevant suggestions as soon as we can. We will look at ordering e-books for wider access when possible, as well as additional copies of core texts.

Postal loans
For students who haven’t returned to College, we can post books from the existing collection and also order new books to be delivered directly to your house.

The library provides a scanning service in accordance with copyright rules. Scans from the library collection can be emailed to students.  Individual requests are subject to fewer restrictions than a text that are to be used for teaching.

Fetching and delivering of books
The library Team can fetch items, check them out to your library account and deliver to your pigeonhole or send to your accommodation if you live outside college.  

 If you are self-isolating, please email the library and we will deliver books to your household or private accommodation.

SOLO and E-resources
Use SOLO to search for physical items, e-books, and electronic resources across the University’s libraries.  Over 1.4 million e-books are available for you to access and additional e-resources are added regularly by the Bodleian:

Hathi Trust access has been restored and should be shown on SOLO records.

ORLO gives you online access to reading lists and scanned materials for a selection of courses across all divisions.

Current Bodleian and Faculty Libraries openings and services can be found on the Bodleian’s Library updates webpage.

 The library team is here to assist and advice about access to electronic resources and any queries should be sent via email to

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With all good wishes for the term ahead,


College Librarian
St Hugh’s College Library


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