The College Library


There is a photographic tour available of the LMH library here.


Studying in LMH Library

Our library contains over 70,000 books, spread across three floors. Our collections include donations from John Ruskin, Lewis Carroll, and Jane Morris. We have first editions of the 28-volume 18th-century Diderot Encylopedie, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Kelmscott Press book by William Morris

LMH library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Undergraduate students can borrow up to 15 books at a time for a period of 2 weeks. You can read more guidance about using the library here.

Through the Library Window
Queen Elizabeth II opening the new library in 1960

Women were not allowed to use the Bodleian or Union libraries up until the 1920s, so LMH had to build up its own resources to provide for the first female students. Our library collections have remained a priority since those early days, and we are now well-stocked in all major areas of undergraduate study, including multiple copies of key texts.

Raymond Erith's library design

The library is made up of a mixture of individual study bays and larger group tables. There is a computer room with printing, scanning, and copying facilities - including free black and white photocopying.

There is disabled access at the ground level, and access to all materials can be arranged.

Photograph by Dick Makin

Library by Richard Budd



If I had to choose a favourite thing about LMH, it would have to be our incredible library. It’s beautiful, really well stocked and open 24 hours a day.

Student Profiles

Helen Dalgleish

4th Year, Classics