Reader Information

Using the library

The Chantry Library is reopening to visitors from 1st October 2022 and is open by appointment only. Books from the collection must be consulted in our dedicated study space in the library.

Opening hours (by appointment): Tuesdays 10:00-17:30.

To book an appointment, please email or phone us on 01865 271520.

For information about our location and accessibility, see the How to Find Us page.

If you are unable to travel to the library, we also provide Copying Services to help you access our collections from afar. We regret that we are not a lending library, but we do offer scan and send services for a small fee.

Searching the collection

The Chantry Library collection can be searched through the University of Oxford’s online catalogue of the major collections of the University libraries: SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online). The SOLO search engine can be accessed here. Just select ‘Chantry Library’ from the drop-down menu in the search bar.

For more help, please see the Bodleian Libraries’ guide to using SOLO.

The Chantry Library and OCC are grateful to Magdalen College for hosting the Chantry collection on SOLO.

Data protection

The Chantry Library retains personal data relating to Library users, current and former staff, individuals who have donated items to the Library, and other third parties referred to in records held in the Library. This data is collected for legitimate purposes and the appropriate security measures are in place for its protection. We will not sell or share your data with third parties. We will keep your data until it is no longer required for the purposes of historical research and statistics; in practice, this means your data is likely to be retained permanently. If you wish to exercise any of your rights in relation to your data as processed by the Chantry Library, please consult in the first instance Please note that, if you as a researcher do not provide your data (such as your name and contact details), you may not be allowed to access the Library.

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