The Longwall Library is the College’s busiest and is where library staff are usually to be found. It houses a large circulating collection, covering most subject areas to at least undergraduate level, with many resources for post-graduates and other members. The Longwall Library also provides an extensive reference collection, an impressive DVD film collection available for loan, access to online resources, and professional staff to answer enquiries. From 2014 to 2016 the library was being renovated, as detailed on this page.
All Magdalen members can use the Longwall Library 24 hours a day. External researchers are welcome to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to use unique material in the Longwall Library collection for reference purposes on any weekday, and can also borrow from our impressive DVD film collection.
The main collection is classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, which means that the books are arranged by subject. Oversize books are shelved separately, and are identified by (fol.) in the shelf-mark. Reference books are also shelved separately, and are identified by a (ref.) in the shelf-mark. There is also a large collection of authors associated with Magdalen. These books do not have Dewey numbers; instead they have shelfmarks that begin “Magd.” Please ask a member of staff if you need help finding an item.
We generally buy books and films on demand. All members of College are encouraged to suggest books or films needed for their studies, or to fill gaps in the collection. To make a suggestion, please fill in a suggestion form at the enquiry desk, or email email@example.com.
You will be e-mailed once an item you requested has arrived.
All books in the Longwall Library, except periodicals and reference books, may be borrowed by College members using our self-issue computer at the enquiry desk. Magdalen members may borrow any number of books, for two weeks at a time. E-mail reminders are sent about overdue items and they can be renewed even once they go overdue, so long as no-one has requested them. Items that remain overdue at the end of term may be subject to replacement charges (the item’s cost plus a £10 admin fee per item).
Borrowing is only available to current College members, including students, fellows and staff.
Books and films should be returned to the book-drop under the self-issue computer on the enquiry desk. Library staff will check them in.
Books and films can be renewed online on the SOLO website, so long as they are not overdue. Sign in in the top right corner by clicking on “Oxford SSO” and entering your Single Sign-On (the same details you use to access your University email account). Then click on “My Account” to see what books you have out and to renew them. If you need help then email us or go to the main SOLO page and use the SOLO Live Help box.
Once you are logged into SOLO (see above) you can place holds on items you want to consult once the current reader has finished with them. Note that the hold will only be activated when the item is returned, usually at the end of the borrowing period. If you need an item more urgently, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will immediately recall it.
- Mobile phones must be on silent mode in the library
- No food is to be brought into the library
- No drink, except water in a sealed container, is to be brought into the library
A £5 fine is imposed for the infringement of these rules.
Magdalen has over 3,000 DVDs, making ours one of the largest film collections in the university. The films have been carefully selected to support academic study for the most part. They are all catalogued on SOLO. A tip for searching for films on SOLO: you can usefully limit your search by choosing “Magdalen College Library” from the “All libraries/collections” menu and “Audio Visual” from the “All items” menu.
The film collection is kept in the rolling stacks of the Longwall Library. Items may be borrowed by for two nights, or until Monday if borrowed on a Thursday or Friday. Sets containing several films or a series may be borrowed for a week. Items may be renewed if no one else has reserved them. They are only available for private study and educational screenings.
Members of other colleges or departments may borrow from the film collection on the production of a deposit of £15 per item. The same borrowing restrictions apply. Please e-mail email@example.com in advance to arrange to borrow films.
Just as with books, we welcome suggestions for new DVDs. To make a suggestion, please fill in a suggestion form at the enquiry desk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photocopying, Computers & Printing
Three computer terminals are available for general use and for searching SOLO, the Oxford library catalogue. One of the terminals is on the lower ground floor in the rolling stacks and two are on the ground floor. Wi-fi is available throughout the library; instructions on how to log-on are available here. There are ethernet points for readers throughout the library, and we have spare ethernet cables for loan at the main library desk.
Printing is available from all of the library computers and the printers are on the ground floor of the library. There is also a photocopier/scanner machine on the ground floor of the library which is available to Magdalen members for reproducing academic material within copyright limits. Photocopying is free to College members, but they must supply their own paper. Printing costs 3p per page, and again paper must be supplied.