Using the Library

Covid-19 Update

Harris Manchester College library is currently closed to external readers. Please see our Blog for current information and services.

The Library is usually open to college members 24/7 during Term and 8am - 10pm during Vacation and staffed Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Books are issued for the duration of Term or Vacation.

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

Books should be left in the dropbox or trolley outside the library for staff to return.

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.

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.

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:

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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

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

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

B - Philosophy, Pyschology, 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

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

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

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)

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

S - Agriculture

S – Agriculture (General)
SB – Plant Culture
SD – Forestry
SF – Animal Culture
SH – Aquaculture, Fisheries, Fishing
SK – Hunting

D - History (except 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

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)

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

E - History (America and United States)

E – America (General) and United States

M - Music

ML – Literature of Music
MT – Music Instruction and Study
International Law, International Relations

U - Military Science

U – Military Science

F - History (Americas)

F1-F975 – United States (local history)
F1001-F1140 – Canada
F1201-F1392 – Mexico
F1401-3799 – Central and South American, Caribbean

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

V - Naval Science

V – Naval Science

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

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

Z – History of Books, Library Science, Bibliography

Z – History of Books, Library Science, Bibliography



  • Members of College who wish to use the library between  11pm and 7am  need to take part in a training course presented by the Fellow Librarian or other member of the library staff. This will cover information about safety, security and responsibility.
  • Only members of the College may use the Library after 11pm. Non-members of the College are not to be admitted into the building or the Library after 11pm.
  • Every person entering or leaving the building or the Library must use their card to open the door. If two or more people enter or leave at the same time each must use their own card.   Please do not allow anyone to tailgate you into or out of the building or the Library. This is a fire safety measure as well as a security measure.
  • The last person to leave the Library is responsible for turning out the lights.
  • No sleeping overnight in the Library.
  • No hot food to be brought into the Library.
  • No alcoholic drinks to be brought into the Library.
  • No parties are to take place in the Library or within the main building.
  • Please be very quiet when exiting the main building into the Tate Quad as others are sleeping. This is part of the general rules of living in the College community. Please note rule 8 of the College Standards and Requirements of Behaviour in this regard.
  • Any breach of these rules may result in the junior member being asked to appear before the Junior Dean or the Dean, who may impose sanctions, including banning the junior member from the Library between the hours of 11pm and 7am.
  • Serious or persistent breach of these rules by junior members may lead to the 24-hour opening facility being withdrawn from all junior members.

Library Etiquette

The Library is a silent study space
silent study
  • Please keep conversations to a minimum. There are other spaces in College and elsewhere for group and collaborative study.
  • Voices in the library lobby can be heard throughout the reading room so please be quiet when entering and leaving and take all phone conversations outside the main entrance.
Food and drink allowed within reason
food and drink
  • Please do not bring hot or odorous food into the Library or eat in a way that is distracting to others, such as the clatter of cutlery or the loud crunching of crisps.
  • Consumption of alcohol is not permitted in the Library.
A tidy library is a happy library
tidy library
  • Make use of the bins provided and clear your food and drink waste after you.
  • Washing up facilities are available in the kitchen downstairs.
The Library is a shared space
shared space
  • Readers may leave their library loans and personal books and papers neatly in the Library.
  • Please clear belongings from desks to the provided trolleys and windowsills so others may use the desk in your absence.
Guests in the Library
  • College members may be allowed to bring a guest into the library between the hours of 8am and 11pm to study at the discretion of library staff.
  • Guests should not be left unattended and during busy periods it may not be possible to allow this privilege.
  • College members are always welcome to show family and friends around the library on short visits.
  • Photography without the use of flash is allowed within the library under certain conditions.
  • Please be considerate of readers’ privacy and ask permission if your shot is going to capture a person’s face.
  • We would kindly ask to be acknowledged as “Harris Manchester College Library, Oxford” if the photo is used in a published work or released online.