Library Rules

These are the rules and conduct we expect all members to follow whilst in, and using the library.

  • The Library is for use by current members of Christ Church only. You must not let non-members accompany or follow you into the Library. Students are reminded not to bring non-members of Christ Church to work in the Library at any time – anyone found doing this will be contacted and further disciplinary action might result as a consequence.
  • If you wish to show the Library to friends or family, please ask permission from the librarians before you bring guests inside to avoid disturbing other students.
  • Books cannot be borrowed on behalf of non-members of College and other students should not use your Bodleian card or account to borrow books. The account holder will be held responsible for all books and fines on their account. 
  • The Library is a space for silent study. Please show respect for your peers by keeping noise to a minimum. Phones should be on silent and phone calls taken outside the Library building.
  • Books must not be removed from the Library without being checked out. If the alarm sounds, go back and try the self-issue machine again, or speak to a member of staff.
  • Students are responsible for loans on their accounts. Charges will be incurred for overdue, lost or damaged items. A fine of 25p per overdue book accumulates daily. More than 10 overdue books or £50.00 in fines will automatically block your Christ Church Library account, which will prevent you from borrowing or renewing books. Please speak to a member of staff if this happens.
  • Desks must be kept clear when not in use. You may not reserve a desk or leave personal belongings unattended. They will be removed by the Library team to allow for cleaning. 
  • No food and drink in the Library, except for bottled water, or hot or cold drinks in KeepCups (or an equivalent sealed drinks container). No alcohol is permitted in the Library.
  • Drinking is not permitted in the Upper Library.
  • Smoking and vaping are not permitted anywhere in College.