Welcome to Nuffield College Library

This post is designed to help new readers find their way around Nuffield College Library.

Social media

A great starting point for information is the Library website!  However, we also regularly update our social media pages with publications of interest, including those from Nuffield College members, and current affairs items such as the University of Oxford’s recent release of ‘Act on Acceptance’, whereby publications need to be deposited into Oxford’s repository to be eligible for REF.  Our social media profiles include Facebook, Twitter, WordPress blogDelicious and Library Thing.  Follow us to keep informed about new developments!

Photocopying, scanning & printing

There is a photocopier/scanner/printer in the 2nd floor reading room. You will need to get a Nuffield Library EMOS photocopy card from the Library circulation desk or the Finance Department for Nuffield College members for photocopying.  Printing for Nuffield College members is done from here by linking into the College network and choosing that printer.

There are several computer workstations in the reading rooms, which can be used to search SOLO and access the Internet. You can also print from these; this costs 5p per printed side and printouts should be collected and paid for at the Circulation Desk.

Further information is available on the library’s IT Facilities webpage.

Internet access

Internet access is available via the computer workstations in the reading room, but Nuffield College members can also access it on laptops/tablets/electronic devices via the wireless networks: Nuffield WLAN, OWL and Eduroam.

Further information is available on the library’s IT Facilities webpage.

How to find books

1. Find the shelfmark:

Most of our stock is searchable on SOLO, once you have found a book, click on the “Find and request” tab:


You can see which Oxford libraries have a copy, click on the plus sign next to Nuffield. You can now see the shelfmark (also known as a call number) and whether or not the book is available:


2. Find out which floor the shelfmark is on:


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You can find these posters in the Library – they tell you the floor on which you can find the various shelfmarks. This particular book, HD 9161.G72.T, is in the basement. You can take most books off the shelf yourself, but anything which says “closed access” (for example theses or short loan books) please ask at the Enquiry Desk on the 1st floor. Anything which has a shelfmark beginning with “X” is kept in the Library Extension, in the basement of L Staircase.

3. Finding your way around

Have a look at our 3D map or consult the schematic plan in the Readers’ Guide which you received when you registered.

Inter-library loans

Members of Nuffield College who wish to borrow books not held anywhere in Oxford can submit an inter-library loan request on the Nuffield College intranet. You will need to be signed into the intranet to access the inter-library loan request form. On the intranet, go to ‘Resources’ and then ‘Library’. Here you’ll find the link to the ‘Inter-library loan request form.’ Please supply as much information as possible. Clicking ‘save’ will submit your request. We will get in touch with you about your request as soon as possible.

Please contact inter-library loans via email if you have any questions: library-ill@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

New book requests

Members of Nuffield College can submit a book request. If you would like the Library to buy a book that is in line with our acquisition policy, which can be found here, complete a book request form. You need to be signed into the intranet to access the book request form. The link for the form can be found on the ‘Library’ page on the Nuffield College intranet. Click on ‘Request new book’ and fill in the form with as much detail as possible. If you do not need the book urgently then please select ‘less urgently’. When you click ‘save’ at the bottom of the form this submits your request.

Newspapers and Magazines

Magazine rack (Current Affairs Room)

Magazine rack (Current Affairs Room)

The library subscribes to newspapers with current issues kept in the Current Affairs Room on the 1st floor of the library. We have both English and foreign language newspapers, which are kept for two months. The older newspapers are kept in the Cole Room on the 2nd floor behind the wooden lectern.

The library also keeps popular magazines like The Economist and Spectator in the magazine rack in the Current Affairs Room.  Both newspapers and magazines can be taken out on loan from the library by members of college.

Theses and Safe items

If you would like to look at somebody’s thesis or an item from the Safe collection, please ask a member of staff at the Enquiry Desk as they are only accessible by staff. If you give us the title, author (and year for theses) then we can fetch the item for you. College members can borrow theses and items from the Safe collection for 1 week, although different rules apply for external members.

Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions.

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National Poetry Day

Yesterday was National Poetry Day and to celebrate we asked members of Nuffield College to share their favourite poems with us:

Juta Kawalerowicz chose “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll:

You can read the poem here

Giacomo Vagni chose “Si tu savais” by Robert Desnos:

Richard Johnson took a different approach and shared a haiku he composed in the library:

Alexander Gard-Murray submitted what is probably the first poem written about Nuffield College Library:

There once was a College Library

with more books than students could carry.

They’d while away hours

while locked in their towers

and then emerge slightly more hairy.

Robert Hellpap emailed to say:

“Steps by Hermann Hesse is one of my favorite poems since it nicely brings to the point the ever changing nature of life. It points out that change has two sides, the end or loss of something but also the opportunities and chances of new good things emerging from that”

You can read the poem here.

John Goldthorpe sent us “A Good Read / Social Mobility” by Tony Harrison


You can read a biography of Harrison on the Poetry Foundation page.

Claire Bunce (PA to the Warden & Bursar) contributed “On the Ning Nang Nong” by Spike Milligan, also available in here it is in musical and animated form

Not to be outdone, Library staff also contributed their favourite poems:

NB, the William Morris in question is “The Other William Morris”, NOT Lord Nuffield!

The poem can be read here

Tessa Richards submitted “Matilda who told such dreadful lies” by Hillaire Belloc, part of the collection “Cautionary Tales for Children”. (Image from the Project Gutenberg ebook)










Many thanks to everyone who submitted poems, we hope you enjoyed them!

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Nuffield College Library at Oxford Open Doors 2015

Grant of Viscountcy

Lord Nuffield’s Grant of Viscountcy, 1937 [LN 13/5*]

On Saturday the 12th of September, Nuffield College Library was open to the public as part of the Oxford Open Doors weekend.

Visitors were free to explore the library and learn about our work. There was an exhibition by Library staff on the life of Lord Nuffield (which, at the time of writing, is still available to view in the first floor corridor).

Display panel on Morris Motors

Display panel on Morris Motors

This was comprised of scanned material from our archives (photographs, letters and ephemera) and focused on various aspects of Lord Nuffield’s life. The picture on the left shows the panel on Morris Motors (the company founded by William Morris in 1912) includes pictures of the assembly line, Morris’ handwritten notes suggesting improvements to the “Morris Cowley” model and an enemy aerial spy photograph of the company’s Cowley factory.

Also on display were Lord Nuffield’s Grant of Viscountcy (see image at the top of this post) and his donation book, open to the “Oxford University” page. On the right hand page, sixth line from the top, you can see the donation of £1,000,000 for the founding of Nuffield College (over £63,000,000 in today’s money).

Lord Nuffield's donation book

Lord Nuffield’s donation book [LN 47]

The event was a success, attracting 361 visitors, who were very enthusiastic about the Library and views from the 10th floor of the Tower. A number of people had their own stories to tell us about their meetings and experiences with Lord Nuffield.

Lord Nuffield ExhibitionLord Nuffield Exhibition

To consult any of the Library’s archive material on Lord Nuffield, please contact library-archives@nuffield.ox.ac.uk. A full catalogue of the Lord Nuffield papers can be found on our website.

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Duncan Gallie

Duncan Gallie

Duncan Gallie

Today Nuffield College hosts a workshop in honour of Duncan Gallie and his contribution to comparative economic sociology.

Professor Gallie joined Nuffield College as a Research Fellow in 1971, leaving in 1973. He returned as an Official Fellow in 1985 and became Professor of Sociology in 1996. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and a CBE in 2009. Recent research projects include EQUALSOC (Economic Change, Quality of Life and Social Cohesion) and the 2012 British Skills and Employment Survey. A Full biography can be found here.

He was also Fellow Librarian from 2001 until his retirement in 2014. Many of his books can be found in Nuffield College Library using the following link: http://bit.ly/dgallie


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ORCID at Oxford (Open Research and Contributor ID)

ORCID is a unique 16 digit researcher ID that you keep throughout your life.



Members of Oxford University may now register for an ORCID here: https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/orcid  (log in with Single Sign On)

If you have an existing ORCID, you may also authenticate your membership of Oxford University at the link above.

Why register for ORCID?

  • Disambiguation – stop being confused with researchers with the same surname and initial as you!
  • You can add your papers (& other works) to your profile, collating all your research in one place. There are several automatic tools to import your works from other sources e.g. SCOPUS.
  • ORCID is for life – if you move to a different institution, you take your ORCID with you.
  • Research funding bodies are integrating ORCID into their application processes.

Read more on the Open Access Oxford blog: http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/orcid-at-oxford-goes-live/

Or read the ORCID LibGuide here: http://ox.libguides.com/ORCID

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A.H. (Chelly) Halsey

On the eve of his memorial service on Saturday 16th May we have been looking back at Chelly Halsey’s incredibly varied life and career, picking out key moments and publications as they relate to his academic and personal experiences.

No Discouragement is far more than the story of A.H. ‘Chelly’ Halsey – sanitary inspector’s apprentice, wartime airman, sociology student, academic-at-large, Oxford professor and, above all, Christian socialist” is how Roy Hattersley introduces the reader to Chelly’s enthralling autobiography.  He goes on to explain that “It describes the life and times of a man who typifies an almost extinct species….working-class boys, reared in the ‘culture of respectability’, who go on to achieve great academic distinction…Halsey retains the values of his childhood and expresses them without embarrassment”.

Chelly history of sociology

The Library holds many of Chelly’s other key works, including the eleven volumes of his published papers and book reviews from 1952-2005 (Nuf.Halsey (q)), ‘Change in British society’ (HN 390.H), ‘A history of sociology in Britain : science, literature, and society’   (HM 22.G7.H), ‘Education, economy, and society : a reader in the sociology of education’ (HM 32.H) and ‘Twentieth-century British social trends’ (HN 389.H).

Change in Br Soc 3 Change in Br Soc 2 Change in Br Soc 1

Family was always central to Chelly’s life and work, something reflected keenly in his autobiography ‘No discouragement’ (HM 22.G7.H) and ‘Changing childhood : a history of the Halsey family to 2009’ (Nuf.Halsey).  As he wrote in his autobiography “I can’t pretend to be calmly objective about my family and I can’t remember ever feeling anything but fiercely defensive about them… my instinct from an early age was to protect and defend my kin”.

Changing childhood, Chelly

Possibly of more personal interest to Nuffield members and alumni are his two works ‘Policy and politics : essays in honour of Norman Chester’ (JN 301.B) edited by himself & David Butler and ‘Essays on the evolution of Oxford and Nuffield College’ (LF 659.55.H).  Chelly first came to Oxford in 1962 as Director of Barnett House (Department of Social and Administrative Studies) and Fellow of Nuffield College.  He maintains in his autobiography that “Nuffield was undoubtedly the college leader of sociology in Oxford but, equally, Barnett House, linked to social policy and social work, was the university centre for sociological teaching and research”.  A perfect blend for a man who, in his own words, “was almost religiously devoted to the idea of spreading sociology as a mode of understanding the modern world”!

Chelly & Butler Chelly essays Oxford Nuffield

On 4th May 2003, Chelly appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.  There is a link to the recording here, http://bit.ly/BBCDesertIslandDiscs, where you can listen to him talking to Sue Lawley about his fascinating life and times, hear his musical choices and find out what his chosen record, book and luxury were!

There are some lovely personal memories of Chelly from various Nuffielders in the Hilary 2015 Nuffield Newsletter.

The memorial service for Chelly will take place at St Mary the Virgin, University Church, (High Street, Oxford) on Saturday 16 May, 2:15 until 3:15 pm.

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