Library Information for Students


The library provides a mix of core textbooks and useful reference works, including multiple copies of core texts, a reference collection, a Study Skills collection, and many English and foreign language films on DVD. The open shelf books are catalogued on an easily searchable online library catalogue (SOLO), which also gives access to the holdings of most other libraries around the university. Loan privileges are very generous: books may be borrowed for a whole term or for the vacation.


Journals and Ebooks can now be accessed online, either through wifi on your own computer or using one of the library PCs. All online resources are listed in SOLO

For more information on finding books, journals and databases, have a look at the Bodleian Subject Guides or ask us in the library.


There is wifi throughout the library, and all desks have lights and power sockets for laptops. There are 2 PCs for general use, and several SunRay terminals for checking SOLO.


The library is open 24/7 during term, and shorter hours during the vacation. Please remember your Salto card, which you will need to enter the library.
Staff are available 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri


Only bottled water is allowed in the library, and mobile phones should be set to silent. If you need to take a call or have a long conversation, please step outside or use the JCR which is just next door.

Please do not leave your belongings in the library for long periods of time. If you need to leave books and papers, please ensure you use a 'Please Leave' slip. All other items will be removed.

The library is for the use of Pembroke students only, unless special permission is granted. The full rules for using the library can be found here.


Loans are for the whole term or the whole vacation. Check out using the self-issue machine and your Bodleian card, and place in the returns box when finished with.


To recall a book, use the 'Hold' option on SOLO. If your book is recalled, you have 3 days to return it before fines are charged (£1 per day).


Reminders are sent out in advance of books being due back. Use SOLO or reply to the email to renew your books.


If you would like the library to consider buying a book, fill in a request form (available in the library or download here), have it signed by a tutor, and return it to the library.


£1 per book in the first week, then an additional £4 per book in the second week (£5 per book in total). This is charged directly to Battels.
£30 or replacement cost for lost or damaged items


There is a multi-function device in the library for printing, copying and scanning. The two computers (not the SunRays) can be used to print directly, and full instructions are provided by the computers and the printer. Charges for printing go directly to Battels.

For more information and instructions on how to print, see the Pembroke Printing Website.


If Pembroke library has the only available copy of a book, students from other colleges can apply for permission to use the library by emailing