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General language resources

  • Most of the resources are easily accessible for use on the premises.
  • Language Centre tutors can borrow up to 40 items, standard readers up to 4 items, and LAMBDA readers up to 6 items
  • Modern Languages Faculty instructors may also borrow materials to support their language courses.
  • The Language Library (and archives) holds materials in 190 languages as printed material, sound recordings, video recordings, off-air recordings, foreign language films, periodicals, pamphlets, multimedia, electronic and online resources. The collection is constantly expanding as students and staff request materials in new languages for their study or research.
  • The collection includes languages for international communication, indigenous and heritage languages, less widely taught languages, pidgins and creoles, as well as material in some endangered and extinct languages.

Specialist collections

  • Foreign and English language films
  • Listening comprehension examinations
  • Language and Language teaching methodology
  • English as a Foreign Language


  • Computers in the open-access area (first floor)
  • Video/CD/TV players in booths with terrestrial/satellite reception in fourteen languages (second floor)
  • Reading room (second floor)
  • Photocopying (second floor)
  • Meeting room with big screen television and computer
  • A drinks machine and water dispenser are available on the ground floor

Recent acquisitions


We try our best to answer your queries as quickly as possible. However, priority is given to members of Oxford University.

Levels of Service

Full level of service on weekdays (Monday to Friday 9.30 am - 5.30 pm during term)

  • In-depth guided tours at 10 am and 2 pm
  • Answering more in-depth enquiries
  • Answering enquiries including acquisition and cataloguing (Bodleian Libraries standards)
  • Answering catalogue enquiries
  • Answering directional enquiries

Minimum level of service (evenings and Saturday mornings)

  • Guided tours
  • Answering enquiries arising from reading lists
  • Answering catalogue enquiries
  • Answering directional enquiries

Photocopying and computers

There is a photocopying service available for published material provided the publisher has signed an agreement with the CLA. You can check for permission here. Users must fill in a Photocopy declaration form within copyright guidelines and give it to Library staff.

Photocopies are 5p per A4 sheet, 10p per A4 double-sided sheet.

The Language Centre has a wi-fi connection.

There are also networked computers in the first floor on which users can find some learning programs and Internet services. Some programs run on a single-user license and the CD-ROM is available from the Librarian, some programs have a multi-user license and are already installed on the computers. Please note that it is not possible to print from these computers.

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