The Tate Library

Michaelmas Term 2020


The Tate Library is the reading room of the college library and houses the general collection of books most used by graduates and undergraduates. There are 24 study desks spread between the ground floor and our wonderful gallery, added in 2011.

The reading room is open as a study space in three bookable sessions per day, Monday-Friday:

  • 9am-12.30pm
  • 2pm-5pm
  • 6pm-10pm

We are also open on Saturday in one bookable session, 9am-10pm.

Sign up for a session with your SSO (Single Sign On) below:
Library Desk/PC Booking

Sessions may be booked from three days in advance and up to 2 hours before a session begins. Please cancel your booking if you are no longer able to attend, so it may be booked by another reader.

You will need your University card to tap in and out of the library. You must do so on entry and exit and readers should not tailgate. Please do not arrive before your slot, in order to avoid congregating outside the door.

Once inside, please follow the one-way system and respect social distancing measures. Households/bubbles should not study at the same desk or move desks closer. Face coverings are required within the Library, as in the rest of College, unless you are exempt.

Booked desks in the library are unassigned. Please take an available space and do not change desks during the session.

The shelves are not accessible for browsing and the self-issue machine is not currently available to use. Please use the Click-and-Collect service via SOLO. Library staff will fetch and issue your books and you will be notified via email when they are ready to collect.

All personal items and books must be removed at the end of each session and readers should depart promptly to allow cleaning and book-fetching to take place in the Library.

Walk-up service is not available in the library or library office. Please contact us via email or phone with any queries or requests for assistance:

Sue Killoran, Fellow Librarian

Niall Sheekey, Assistant Librarian
01865 281472 (Library Office)
01865 400615 (Library Reading Room)

Requesting books

We usually purchase recommended books on demand from our local bookshops or online suppliers and can have your requests accessioned and ready to use within 24 hours.

Please Contact Us if you would like us with any requests with as much information as possible eg. Title, Author, Edition, ISBN (if known)

We also administer the Personal Book Fund which allows students to buy books, e-books and related equipment through the College.


Readers can renew their books via MyAccount on SOLO or emailing library staff

Equipment and resources to assist you.

The Library and IT services between them have a range of equipment which you might find useful.

  • Lumber support chairs
  • Adjustable desks
  • Blocks with which to raise the height of library desks
  • Footrests
  • Laptop supports and mobile standing desk equipment
  • Ergonomic mice
  • Ergonomic keyboards
  • Scanning pens
  • Acetate sheets which alter the colour of the reading page

Most of the equipment is out in the Library and freely available. There is also a cupboard in the Library where you can help yourself.

Other resources are looked after by the Library or IT staff.

Just contact one of us and we will be pleased to help you with any request.

IT Facilities

We currently have 2 bookable PCs and wireless internet access throughout. Readers can print directly from PCs and release with their university card from either of the printers outisde the library or library office. These machines also function as scanners.

Readers can also print from laptops by uploading to the WebPrint service and releasing in the same way.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the library via eduroam.

Finding resources

Use SOLO  to search the library’s holdings, choosing Harris Manchester College Library.


Tips on using SOLO can be found on the Bodleian’s LibGuide.

Library of Congress Classification Codes

A – General Works
AC – Collected Works
AE – Encyclopedias
AG – Dictionaries and other general reference works
AI – Indexes
AM – Museums
AP – Periodicals
AS – Academics and Learned Societies
AY – Yearbooks, Almanacs, Directories
AZ – History of Scholarship and Learning
C – Auxiliary Science of History
CB – History of Civilization and Culture
CC – Archaeology (General)
CD – Diplomatics, Archives, Seals
CE – Chronology
CJ – Numismatics
CN – Epigraphy
CR – Heraldry
CS – Genealogy
CT – Biography (General)
E – History (America and United States)
E – America (General) and United States
G – Geography, Anthropology
G – Geography (General)
GA – Mathematical Geography, Cartography
GB – Physical Geography
GC – Oceanography
GE – Environmental Sciences
GF – Human Ecology
GN – Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnography
GR – Folklore
GT – Manners and Customs
GV – Sports and Recreation
J – Political Science
J – Official Documents
JA – Collections and General Works
JC – Political Theory
JK – Constitutional History and Administration
JS – Local Government
JV – Colonization, Emigration and Immigration
JX – International Law, International Relations
L – Education
L – Education (General)
LA – History of Education
LB – Educational Theory and Practice
LC – Special Aspects
LD – U.S. Educational Institutions
LH – College and School Publications
LJ – Student Fraternities and Societies
LT – Textbooks (General)
N – Fine Arts
N – Visual Arts (General)
NA – Architecture
NB – Sculpture
NC – Graphic Arts (Drawing, Design, Illustration)
ND – Painting
NE – Print Media
NK – Decorative and Applied Arts
NX – Arts
Q – Science
Q – Science (General)
QA – Mathematics
QB – Astronomy
QC – Physics
QD – Chemistry
QE – Geology
QH – Natural History, Biology
QK – Botany
QL – Zoology
QM – Human Anatomy
QP – Physiology
QR – Microbiology
S – Agriculture
S – Agriculture (General)
SB – Plant Culture
SD – Forestry
SF – Animal Culture
SH – Aquaculture, Fisheries, Fishing
SK – Hunting
U – Military Science
U – Military Science
Z – History of Books, Library Science, Bibliography
Z – History of Books, Library Science, Bibliography
B – Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
BA Sociology
BB Welfare, Charities, Philanthropy
BC Criminology
BD Sociological Schemes – Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Anarchism
BE Economics
BF Industry & Agriculture
BG Communication
BH Commerce
BJ Finance
D – History (expect America)
D – History (General)
DA – Great Britain
DAW – Central Europe
DB – Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
DC – France
DD – Germany
DE – Mediterranean, Greco-Roman World
DF – Greece
DG – Italy
DH-DJ – Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
DJK – Eastern Europe
DK – Russia and Poland
DL – Northern Europe and Scandinavia
DP – Spain and Portugal
DQ – Switzerland
DR – Eastern Europe and Turkey
DS – Asia
DT – Africa
DU – Oceania, Australia, New Zealand
DX – Romanies
F – History (Americas)
F1-F975 – United States (local history)
F1001-F1140 – Canada
F1201-F1392 – Mexico
F1401-3799 – Central and South American, Caribbean
H – Social Sciences
H – Social Sciences (General)
HA – Statistics
HB – Economic Theory
HC – Economic History and Conditions
HD – Land, Agriculture, Industry
HE – Transportation and Communication
HF – Commerce
HG – Finance
HJ – Public Finance
HM -Sociology
HN – Social History
HQ – Social Groups
HS – Societies and Clubs
HT – Communities, Classes, Races
HV – Social Pathology, Criminology, Welfare
HX – Communism, Socialism, Anarchism
K – Law
K – Law
K – Law (General)
KB Religious Law
KD – Law of the United Kingdom
KJA – Roman Law
KF – United States Law
KJC – European Law
KZ International Law
M – Music
ML – Literature of Music
MT – Music Instruction and Study
International Law, International Relations
P – Language and Literature
P – Linguistics
PA – Classical Philology (Greek and Latin)
PB – Modern European Languages, Celtic Languages
PC – Romance Languages
PD – Old Germanic and Scandinavian Languages
PE – English Language
PF – Dutch, Flemish, and German Languages
PG – Slavic Languages and Literature
PH – Finno-Ugrian, Basque Languages & Literature
PJ-PL – Oriental Languages
PM – American Indian and Artificial Languages
PN – Literature, Literary History and Collections
PQ – Romance Literature
PR – English Literature
PS – American Literature
PT – German Literature
PZ – Children’s Literature
R – Medicine
R – Medicine (General)
RA – Public Aspects of Medicine
RB – Pathology
RC – Internal Medicine
RD – Surgery
RE – Ophthalmology
RG – Gynecology and Obstetrics
RJ – Pediatrics
RK – Dentistry
RL – Dermatology
RM – Therapeutics, Pharmacology
RS – Pharmacy and Materia Medica
RT – Nursing
RV – Botanic, Thomsonian and Eclectic Medicine
RX – Homeopathy
RZ – Other Systems of Medicine
T – Technology and Engineering
T – Technology (General)
TA-TJ – Engineering
TK – Electronics and Electrical Engineering
TL – Motor Vehicles, Aeronautics, Astronautics
TN – Mining and Metallurgy
TP – Chemical Technology
TR – Photography
TS – Manufactures
TT – Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts
TX – Home Economics and Cooking
V – Naval Science
V – Naval Science

Guide to the Library’s subject classification

The Tate Library is organised using the Library of Congress Classification Scheme.

Halbach, Volker. The logic manual. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.

Shelfmark on SOLO: BC71 HAL 2010

Spine-label on book:

The Tate Library

The Tate Library

Library Gallery

Library Gallery