Oxford University
Language Centre


The Language Centre has one of the largest collection of materials for language learning in the UK. The library is a lending library. All prospective members must go for a library tour (10 am, 2 pm weekdays apart from Wednesday mornings term time) and no textbooks used in classes can be borrowed.

The Library has a Language Centre Blog on which you can find the latest acquisitions on LibraryThing, websites of interest on Delicious, latest world news on Netvibes and library updates on Twitter and Facebook. A library guide is also available. Most material has been catalogued and can be searched on SOLO, the Oxford University Library Catalogue

Currently there are 190 languages but the collection expands every year as new languages are added, often on request. The collection consists of:

  • Reference material (dictionaries, grammars, vocabulary builders). Textbooks with audio-visual material. Other books (readers, phonetics, literature)
  • Magazines, newspapers (list in the library guide), live television in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
  • Videos: a large stock of foreign language and English films, documentaries and textbooks (list on Excel)
  • CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) on eight open-access computers and the Language Links pages
  • Modern Languages Final examinations since 1978 (Listening Comprehension, Discourse Topics). These examinations are not on OXAM

Further questions?
E-mail the Librarian

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