LMH Library

Library

Our library

LMH library contains almost 75,000 books, spread across three floors.

Using the library

The library exists to support the members of the College, particularly our students, with multiple copies of key textbooks and broad modern collections covering all of the subjects studied at the LMH. It is open 24 hours a day for College members, and by appointment for other users.

Our collections

As well as up-to-date modern resources, LMH has a small but fascinating rare books collection, which has been built up by donations from alumni and friends of the College like John Ruskin, Lewis Carroll, and Jane Morris. Amongst our treasures are first editions of the 28-volume 18th-century Diderot Encylopedie, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and works by twentieth century poets including Robert Graves and Stevie Smith. We also hold particularly good collections on witchcraft, Dante, and private press books.

You can read more about our rare books collections and book an appointment to consult them on the link below.

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The Queen opens LMH Library c.1960

History

LMH’s library has been at the centre of our academic community since the College’s foundation, particularly because women were not allowed to use the Bodleian Libraries up until the 1920s. Our current library was purpose built, designed by Raymond Erith and opened by the Queen in 1961.

It is a stately and beautiful space, one of the most attractive college libraries, and a joy to work in. You can find out more about our library’s history here  and see a 360° panoramic view of the inside of the library here.

Library staff

LMH is staffed from 9 to 5 every weekday, with a break for lunch. James Fishwick is the Librarian, in charge of acquisitions, external visitors, and overall management of the library. Email James via librarian@lmh.ox.ac.uk to suggest books for the college to buy, or if you have a question but aren’t a current LMH member. Tom Cook is the Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, who deals with book processing and circulation. Email Tom via library.admin@lmh.ox.ac.uk to ask him to renew your loans or for other queries from LMH members.