Longwall Library


The Longwall Library houses Magdalen’s main circulating collection of over 100,000 books. Open 24/7 to all members of Magdalen College, it provides a variety of study spaces and the resources you need. Find out more about the study spaces and how to use the library in the sections below.

Study Spaces

Want a quiet atmosphere surrounded by others studying? A quiet nook to secret yourself away? A place for group study? Somewhere to take a break?

Hub of the College

Redeveloped and reopened in 2016, the library now has three times the number of study spaces and improved facilities. The innovative redevelopment has allowed the library to become the hub of student life in the College and has earned 4 architecture awards.

Using the Longwall Library


Members of Magdalen College can access the Longwall Library 24/7 using their University card.

Magdalen Alumni are very welcome to use the Longwall Library, as a study space and to consult books in the reading rooms, on weekdays during staffed hours. To arrange this please email library@magd.ox.ac.uk.

Members of other colleges and academic researchers can read unique items in our collections by making an appointment to consult the items in our reading rooms during staffed hours. Please email library@magd.ox.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

Staffed Hours

Apart from a lunch break (normally 12:45-13:45), the Library is staffed:

Monday – Friday, 09:00–17:00

Key rules

  • Mobile phones and computers on silent
  • No food in the reading rooms
  • Hot and cold drinks are allowed in the reading rooms provided they are kept in a sealed container. Paper takeaway cups are not allowed.

A £5 charge will be imposed for infringement of these rules.

Borrowing is only available to current College members (including students, fellows and staff).

Printed material

All Longwall Library books (except for reference books, reserve items, and periodicals) may be borrowed for two weeks at a time during term. Remember to check them out using the self-issue machine by the enquiry desk before leaving the library. From 7th week, books are loaned for the entire vacation. Email reminders are sent automatically.

The main collection is classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, with the result that most books are arranged broadly by subject area. Oversize books are shelved separately, and can be identified by the suffix “(fol.)” in the shelfmark. Reference books are also shelved separately, and are identified by the suffix “(ref.)”.


Films are stored by the rolling stacks in the Longwall Library and must be requested. Single DVDs may be borrowed for two nights (or until Monday if borrowed on Thursday/Friday). Box sets are loaned for a week. External DVD drives can be loaned with DVDs for the same period. In compliance with copyright law, they are strictly for private study, or educational screenings.

Members of other colleges or departments are welcome to borrow from the film collection on receipt of a refundable deposit of £15 per item. The same borrowing restrictions apply. Please e-mail library@magd.ox.ac.uk in advance to arrange to borrow films.


Unless they have been requested, you can renew books and films online by logging into SOLO. Your password and username are your Single Sign-On (SSO), the same as for your University email account.


Return books and films to the book drop under the self-issue machine next to the enquiry desk, so that library staff can clear the loans from your record.

Requesting & Recalling

Books or DVDs that are on loan may be requested on SOLO after logging in. If you request an item, it cannot be renewed, and you will receive it once it is returned. In more urgent cases a book may be recalled by asking library staff. We then email the current borrower asking them to return it.

Overdue items

Items that remain overdue at the end of term may be subject to a replacement charge (the item’s replacement cost, plus a processing fee of £10 per item).


There are 2 terminals in the Rolling Stacks on the Lower Ground Floor of the Longwall Library, which can be used for general computing tasks, printing, and to search the online catalogue SOLO.

Photocopier and printers

A photocopier is located in the foyer, and 2 printers are located in the Rolling Stacks on the Lower Ground Floor of the Longwall Library. The printer is charged at 5p per single side and 8p per double side, on batells, whilst the photocopier is free. The photocopier is paid for by Magdalen JCR & MCR, so should not be used excessively or by people from other colleges. Copyright restrictions mean you should not print or copy more than 1 article from a journal or 1 chapter/5% of a book, whichever is greater.

Printing by email

To send a print job to a printer in the Rolling Stacks please attach the document you would like to print to an email and send via your University email address this will commonly be in the format:


Once the document has been received you will be sent an email confirmation from Magdalen College Printing.

The default settings of the printer will be used to print the document which is double-sided.

The email addresses for the printers in the Rolling Stacks are:


Once processed the document will print immediately.

The following are the supported document formats:
PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Images

If you run into issues please contact it.support@magd.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 276112

Eduroam Wi-Fi

Eduroam is available throughout the library. This uses your Remote Access username and password, which can be set up at https://help.it.ox.ac.uk/network/wireless/services/eduroam/index

The library provides a range of support measures for members of the college with disabilities. The below information is also available to view as a pdf.


There is step-free access throughout the Longwall Library. The main entrance sliding doors are powered.

All the interior doors are powered with the exception of one of the doors into the rolling stacks, the doors into the stairwell on all floors and the doors into the bathrooms. There is lift access to all floors.

There are two wheelchair accessible toilets, on the lower ground floor and on the first floor.


We offer extended loan periods to Privileged Readers.

Tailored inductions

Members of the library team can offer one-to-one inductions if needed. Please contact library.desk@magd.ox.ac.uk to discuss. Following these we can help to source any additional equipment required to support college members with disabilities and direct them to relevant university level support.

Proxy borrowing

Readers can request proxy borrowing on their account by a support workers or designated helper. In the first instance contact library.desk@magd.ox.ac.uk to arrange this. All items borrowed in this way remain the responsibility of the disabled reader.

General assistance

Staff are always happy to help get books from high shelves, or from less accessible areas in the Longwall Library, and it is possible to contact us by phone 01865 276045 or by email library.desk@magd.ox.ac.uk with a list of the books you need and ask staff to put them aside for collection by yourself or your support worker. Please bear in mind that at busy times there may be a delay before we are able to fulfill your request.

Summary information for the Longwall Library building

On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders: No
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m: Yes
Other nearby parking: No
Main entrance: Step-free, powered door
Wheelchair accessible toilets: 2- ground floor and first floor
Lift: Yes
Hearing support systems: Yes

Useful links


With very few exceptions, the library is happy to 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 library@magd.ox.ac.uk.

You will be emailed once an item you requested has arrived.

Magdalen College has been collecting the works of its members for centuries, first acquiring works for a collection in the Old Library. More recent publications adding to this large and growing collection are housed in the Longwall Library.

We always welcome donations from current and old members of Magdalen of their work.