Opening times

  • Library open 24/7 to college members except during Closed Periods.
  • Access by University card accredited by Balliol Library.
  • Visitors: by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Disabled access

Current members of Balliol who are unable because of physical disability to get to the Library in person may request books by email; these will be delivered to their room in College.


  • Borrowing limit: 10 books. 
  • Two-week loan period for most books.
  • Books may be renewed unless reserved by another reader.
  • Fines of £0.20 per day charged on overdue books.

Online catalogue

SOLO ("Search Oxford Libraries Online"):

  • Available on the reading room PCs.
  • Gives location of books in Balliol, the Bodleian, and all Oxford Faculty libraries.
  • Provides access to major online resources and databases.


  • Laptop computers may be used in the Library.
  • University wireless service “OWL” can be accessed using the Oxford University VPN service.
  • Readers are required to abide by the University’s rules on computer use. 

Location of books and periodicals

Old Library

Reading Room

Tylor Law Library