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Reading Rooms

Fith Floor Reading Room alcove
The Fifth Floor Reading Room is the main reading room. It is a SILENT reading room with tables located in alcoves on either side and down the center of the room. Members may reserve books for use in the building by inserting pink slips (provided on the cart) with name and date after which the book can be re-shelved and placing the books on the tables in the center of this reading room but NOT on the tables in alcoves. Members may not reserve tables or leave personal materials when not sitting there. There are four computers running Windows and offering a variety of services such as Internet access and Microsoft Office on a table in the center at the far end of the room. There is a MEMBERS' LOUNGE where members may eat and store food in a refrigerator.
Albert Gordon Newspaper Reading Room
The Albert Gordon Newspaper Reading Room is also SILENT and is located on the first floor. On weekdays, it opens at 8:30 a.m. with the rest of the first floor and access is through the Henry Long Room on the first floor. This reading room contains the current dailies, weeklies, and some popular materials.
Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow Special Collections Reading Room
The Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow Special Collections Reading Room is on the second floor and is where members and guest researchers view rare materials by appointment.
Second Floor
The Second Floor is home to the Reference Department and houses the main reference collection, circulating fiction, as well as current monthlies and quarterlies. It is relatively quiet, but there are conversations at the Reference Desk. This floor has the WiFi available throughout the building but also four computers with internet access and Microsoft Office; a microfilm reader; photocopier and ScanDock. There are also comfy red leather chairs for reading as well as tables with chairs for studying. The periodical tables offer both display and a convenient platform for reading.
Art Department as Reading Room
The Art Department is located in the basement. This space offers a relatively quiet, not silent, reading room with new art books on display in the middle of the room and current art periodicals on display in the elevator vestibule and books on art and architecture shelved on the walls.


Locate books and periodicals in the library.


Click here to browse resources available online.


Renew a book or Request a book for pick-up or via our mailing service.


ILL Request
Want a book from another library? Make an interlibrary loan request.


Members: Want a place to study or read? See a reading room.


Browse Oxford Art Online
Browse Oxford Art Online