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. 


Journals and Ebooks can now be accessed online, either 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 LibGuides or ask us in the library office.


There is WiFi throughout the library, and all desks have lights and power sockets for laptops. There are 4 PCs for student use.


The library is open 24/7 and only closes during College closed periods. Staff are available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Please remember your Salto card, which you will need to enter the library.


Only bottled water and KeepCups are allowed in the library, and mobile phones should be set to silent. If you need to take a call or want something to eat, 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. We strongly advise you not to leave valuables such as laptops and mobile phones unattended. If you need to leave books and papers, please ensure you leave a tidy pile under an up-to-date 'Please Leave' slip. All other items will be removed.

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


Loans are for the whole term or the whole vacation, and students can borrow an unlimited number of books. 24/7 lending is available using the self-issue machine and your Bodleian card. Please place items in the returns box when you have finished with them, so they can be made available for other readers.


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). If you have placed a hold on a book, you will be notified by email that it has arrived. 


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


The library buys books on student request. Please email with the details, use the form on the Intranet or come and see us in the library office.


£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


If you need your own copy of a book, there is a book grant available for First Years and Finalists in Humanities and Social Science subjects. Please see the Book Grant page on the Intranet for more details, and remember that you can also request that the library buys a copy of books that you need for your course.


There is a multi-function device in the library for printing, copying and scanning. The computers 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