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General language resources

  • Reference material (dictionaries, grammars, vocabulary builders).
  • Textbooks with audio-visual material
  • Other books (readers, phonetics, literature)
  • Magazines, newspapers (list in library guide)
  • Information about language courses abroad
  • A large stock of foreign language and English films, documentaries and video textbooks (list on Excel)
  • Modern Languages Final examinations since 1978 (Listening Comprehension, Discourse Topics). A selection is available on WebLearn

Special collections

  • Foreign and English language films including the Eurecap collection (same language subtitles)
  • Listening comprehension examinations recordings for the Faculty of Modern Languages
  • Language for Specific Purposes in French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Language and Language teaching methodology
  • Italian reference books in memory of Clara Florio Cooper, a donation
  • Easy to Difficult levels readers in all languages taught at the Centre
  • Graphic Novels (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Linguistic of languages of India, a donation from the Oriental Institute
  • The Lambda Library for French and German literature
  • Russian classics films on DVD, a donation
  • The Sign Language collection
  • The PlĂ©iade collection of French literature


  • Reading room and individual booths (second floor)
  • Computers in the open-access area (first floor) and in study booths (second floor) with networked CD-ROMs
  • Video/CD/TV players in booths with terrestrial/satellite reception in 16 languages (second floor)
  • Reading room and individual booths (second floor)
  • Photocopying (second floor)
  • Meeting room with big screen television and computer
  • A drinks machine is available on the ground floor. Three water dispensers are available on the ground, first and second floors

Recent acquisitions

  • Recent acquisitions as well as courses text books are on the catalogue SOLO
  • We aim to process all new acquisitions requested as soon as possible


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 8.45 am - 5.30 pm during term)

  • In-depth guided tours at 10 am and 2 pm
  • Answering more in-depth enquiries
  • Answering enquiries including purchasing and processing of new materials
  • 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. Receipt can be made.

The Language Centre has wi-fi connection. There are also networked computers in the first and second floors on which users can find some learning programs. 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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