Location and Opening

The Library is located on the first floor in the Hume-Rothery Building. It consists of two rooms and an office (floorplan) The room on the left of the entrance, the Book Room, is the lending area which contains textbooks, theses, conference proceedings and reference books.  Journals are displayed in the Journal Room on the right, which also holds back issues and bound volumes. 

The Library Office houses a reference collection of recommended undergraduate textbooks. Currently, because of COVID-19, these can only be accessed by special arrangement (please email library@materials.ox.ac.uk in the first instance). 


The Library is open to members and visitors of the Department of Materials. Readers from other University departments may also register as external borrowers.

It is very important that all new readers register with the Librarian.  Email library@materials.ox.ac.uk to make arrangements to do this. A current university card is required for registering.

Opening times

Any member of the Department of Materials with access to the Hume-Rothery Building is able to use the Library at any time. The Librarian only works limited hours as below and, due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be working remotely only.

During term time in Trinity 2021, the Librarian will be available for online contact during the following hours:

Monday  9:30 – 11:30 
Tuesday 10:30 – 14:30 (on site)
Thursday 10:30 – 14:30 (on site)

Vacation opening hours

The Librarian, Mrs Grace Sewell, will be available for consultation in the Library according to the details advertised in advance via the Newsletter and posted on the door of the Library Office during vacations.