You said, we did!

The team at Nuffield College Library are always working to improve the library, ensuring that it is both a physically comfortable space to work in and that the service we provide meets the needs of our readers.


The library whiteboard (which, as you can see, is currently displaying details of our most recent improvements) is a great way to get in touch with us, so if you are ever struck by inspiration, or have a question for us when we’re not in, please write it on the whiteboard and we will get back to you asap.

You said: Please can we subscribe to the New Yorker?

We did: The library now subscribes to the New Yorker magazine. The most recent issue can be found in the magazine rack in the first floor Current Affairs Room – older issues can be found on the shelves in the Small Reading Room, and shelved in the second floor tower room at shelf mark qPer N.

new yorker

You said: Can withdrawn magazines be offered to readers before they are recycled?

We did: Magazines such as Der Spiegel, L’OBS, the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books are now placed in a box next to the magazine rack when they are first withdrawn – please help yourself!

withdrawn magazines

You said: Some of the reading room furniture is not very comfortable…

We did: The library now has a portable height adjustable desk that can be used to transform our existing tables into standing desks.


We have also invested in some comfy alphabet cushions – please feel free to move the cushions or the desk to wherever you are working within the library (we only ask that you don’t remove them from the library itself). The cushions are also providing a little light relief by acting as brain teasers, as staff and readers try and think of new anagrams from the letters of ‘Nuffield Library’! Sam the cat is a fan too, and has been making great use of the cushions to achieve a cosier nap.


If you have any further suggestions, requests or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Library staff are always happy to have a chat, so do stop us when we are around the library or at the enquiry or circulation desks. Otherwise, you can write us a message on the whiteboard (found on the ground floor), email, leave us a comment here on the blog, or get in touch via our social media channels: Facebook (@nuffieldcollegelibrary), Twitter (@nuffieldlibrary), and Instagram (@nuffieldlibrary). We hope to hear from you soon!


About Nuffield College Library

We are a social sciences library serving Nuffield College and the University of Oxford
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