Support for students during the COVID-19 pandemic

We will continue to support you as you study, teach and research.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need something! Library staff are on site weekdays to organise Click and Collect, book requests, scanning and postal services. 

We will respond to demand for services in line with Government, University and College guidance and so planned services may unfortunately need to change at short notice. 

 

If you are currently in Oxford and cannot come to the Library, or if you did not return to College due to the latest government restrictions, the following services are available:

 Email and Post-out

If not currently in Oxford do not use the Click and Collect service. Please submit an Email and Post request and staff will arrange to have items sent to UK home addresses.

If a copy of the book you need is available as an e-book on SOLO, we encourage you to use the online edition. If you encounter issues with the e-book we can post books to UK addresses.

Non-UK addresses will also be considered on a case by case basis.  Very large/heavy or valuable books may have to be exempted from this.

Postal Returns 

College members who are not in Oxford and cannot return their loans to the library can now post these to us. Once you have put the books in the mail write to library@chch.ox.ac.uk to notify us. Attach to the correspondence an image of the receipt together with the proof of postage.

The Library will arrange for the postal cost to be reimbursed to you up until Monday 28th of June. The sum will be credited to your Trinity Term battels bill. The cost of returning books after the Monday 28th of June will be at your own expense.

Scan and Deliver

Up to 1 chapter/ 1 article or 5% of a book (whichever is greater) can be scanned by staff and supplied by email.

This service is for individual research use only. You may not share, distribute, or post it elsewhere online. We ask that you agree to our ‘Copyright declaration before we proceed with your scan request.

Book suggestions and book grants

If the library does not have a copy of a book you need or there are not enough copies of a set text then please do suggest them for purchase. We encourage you to fill in a suggestion form here. We purchase the vast majority of book requests, and there is no limit on the number of books you can suggest.

We also welcome suggestions for wider reading and reading for pleasure. However, we may not always buy texts that are too costly or that would not benefit any other students. For these you can use your personal book grant by filling in a form and returning it to the Censor's Office.  

Ebooks and eresources

You can check what ebooks, ejournals and databases are already available online using SOLO (sign in to get more search results). Resources with a green ‘Online access’ button allow remote access.

Many academic publishers are offering temporary free access to ebook collections and databases. A list can be found on the Bodleian Libraries’ Covid-19 ebooks guide.

If you can’t find an ebook you need, please email the College Librarian and we will look into purchasing access for you if possible.

 

If you are currently in Oxford and can come to the Library, the following services are available:

Bookable library service

The Library is open for bookable individual study spaces and Browse and Borrow sessions. Find out more about these services here.

Returning books

Books can be returned to the College Library anytime during our opening hours (9am-11pm Mon to Sun).

Please use the self-issue kiosk found in the entrance hall of the Library main building. Once items have been returned through the machine please place these in the space available underneath.

When returning items, please adhere to social distancing guidelines. In line with government and University guidance, you are expected to wear a face covering. Please sanitise your hands on entry to the Library building.

Click and Collect

Readers who are in Oxford should continue to make use of the Click and Collect Service via SOLO. Books can be collected from the Click and Collect collection point in the East wing of the Library main building, Monday to Friday anytime during our opening hours (9.00-11pm Mon to Sun).  

Books requested are placed in pigeon holes arranged alphabetically by your surname initial e.g. John Smith – ‘S’ pigeon hole.

Please aim to collect within two working days, by 12pm. E.g. If you are notified on Monday that your request is ready, please collect by 12pm on Wednesday. 

When collecting items, please adhere to social distancing guidelines.  In line with government and University guidance, you are expected to wear a face covering at all times when collecting items from our Click and Collect collection point.  Please sanitise your hands on entry to the Library building.

Moreover, students who have a study seat in the West Library and in the Law Library will automatically have the right to browse the shelves during their session and issue items to themselves, where these are borrowable. 

Please do not come to the Library unless you have received an email from us.

If you live on-site in College accommodations and experiencing any symptoms associated with coronavirus, please do not come to the Library to collect your items, but contact us and we will arrange delivery. Please provide details of the college building and room you are located in when emailing us.

Borrowing limits remain at 20/40 for undergraduates/postgraduates.  If you need more, please contact us.

All undergraduate loans will be due for renewal or return on Friday of 8th Week (18th June). Postgraduate loans will be due for renewal or return on Wednesday 30th of July.

If you wish to borrow a reference only item, please ask library staff and we will try to accommodate your request, or provide scans.

If all the copies of the book you need are already on loan, and an e-book is not available on SOLO please tell us and we will do our best to order in additional copies. 

If another library you would normally use is closed and you can’t get access to books there, please send on titles and we’ll order as many as we can. 

Scan and Deliver

If you require additional resources, the following services may be provided if feasible (and where staffing permits):

Up to 1 chapter/ 1 article or 5% of a book (whichever is greater) can be scanned by staff and supplied by email. 

This service is for individual research use only. You may not share, distribute, or post it elsewhere online. We ask that you agree to our ‘Copyright declaration’ before we proceed with your scan request.

If a particular chapter(s) of a title on your course is in high demand let us know in advance and we will try and provide the cohort with a shareable link.

Printing services

Please use the printer located on the ground level of staircase Peck 9 or the one found in the entrance hall of the College Library.

 

Existing Loans:

All existing loans will be renewed until Friday 8th Week (18th June).  These batch changes need to be made by the Bodleian so may not show on your account for a few days. If you receive or have received an overdue notice for items from before the vacation, please contact the library to organise renewals.

 

Contacting the Library

To request any of these services please contact library@chch.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 276169 and provide as much detail as possible about the service you require.