Term-time (weeks 1 - 8):

Monday - Friday: 8am - midnight

Saturday & Sunday: 9am - midnight

Library Guide

Finding books

SOLO, Oxford's catalogue, gives details of books held by both University and college libraries. SOLO allows you to search the entire catalogue, but if you only want to see books held by St Catz, you can use the drop down menu to restrict your search.

SOLO has lots of other useful features which are detailed here. Guides to other libraries and details of training opportunities to help you make the most of Oxford's libraries are also available on the Bodleian Libraries' web pages. The Bodleian and College Libraries have also developed Library Assistant for Oxford Freshers, an online induction specifically for mobile devices to help you navigate the system of university and college libraries. Of course, you are always very welcome to ask us if you need any help.

Books are classified according to subject, and the catalogue record will show a book’s shelfmark. The Library map shows where each subject and corresponding shelfmark can be found in St Catz Library.

Borrowing books

During opening hours books can be issued, returned, and renewed. You can renew books twice online by logging into “My Account” on SOLO.

Up to 12 books may be borrowed for a period of up to 4 weeks (or until Friday of 8th Week if that is sooner). Vacation borrowing begins on Monday of 8th Week, with books being issued until Thursday of 1st Week. Emails are sent to remind you when books are due back. Fines on overdue books are 10p per book, per day.

Readers must use their University card to borrow and are personally responsible for all books taken out. The library reserves the right to charge the full replacement cost of any book not returned.

Working in the library

Please help maintain a pleasant environment for study. Eating and drinking are not permitted. Mobile phones must be switched off and all noise kept to a minimum.

If you wish to leave books you are using on desks, or to indicate they have been borrowed, please fill out a yellow slip (available from the issue desk). Otherwise they will be reshelved in the morning. Books should be left in a neat pile so that other students can use the desk when you are away. Do please remember not to leave valuables unattended.

Other resources in the library

Reference books and a selection of periodicals can be found at the bottom of the spiral staircase. The University provides access to an increasing number of electronic resources, including ejournals, ebooks and databases, which you can find using SOLO and OXLIP+. Wireless is available in the library enabling you to connect via your laptop, and there is also a computer room with a colour printer and scanner. Please note use of the computers is subject to College and University computing regulations.

A photocopier is available in the porch, where the relevant copyright regulations are displayed. Payment is by Upay.


The library aims to acquire core texts for all undergraduate courses taught at the College. If you would like to make a recommendation please fill out a slip from the issue desk and ask your tutor to countersign it. Alternatively email your tutor asking them to forward details to us if they support the recommendation.

A selection of new books is displayed at the issue desk and a termly accessions list displayed on library, JCR, MCR and SCR notice boards.


Professor Gervase Rosser, Fellow of the College, has overall responsibility for the library. The two Assistant Librarians, Luda Gromova and Barbara Costa, deal with the day-to-day running of the library.

During term time the librarians work between 8am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. At evenings and weekends graduate students invigilate the library and issue books.


If you need any help using the library or have any comments, please do get in touch:




+44 1865 281582 (issue desk)

+44 1865 271707 (office)

Sir Patrick Nairne Memorial Service

The College was deeply saddened to announce the death of Honorary Fellow Sir Patrick Nairne (Master of St Catherine's, 1981-88) earlier this year, who passed away on 4 June 2013 at the age of 91 (1921- 2013).

A Memorial Service for Sir Patrick Nairne will be held at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, on Thursday 17 October 2013 at 2pm. The Memorial Service will be followed by tea at University College.

Metamorphosis Composition Competition

Join us for the final of a competition for young composers, aged 15-25, based in Oxfordshire. The inspiration for this idea was Benjamin Britten’s ‘Six Metamorphoses after Ovid’ for solo oboe – and the final of the competition will in fact take place on the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. Judges Professor Robert Saxton, Martyn Harry and Mark Simpson will introduce the event and the latter will play a selection of the shortlisted entries before the winner is announced. Refreshments will be served

Date: Friday, 22 November 2013

Donor Recognition

All donations to St Catherine's are treated with the utmost care and respect, and the College is dedicated to acknowledging all gifts accordingly.

Our Donor Charter has been created to assure supporters of the integrity and accountability of our fundraising efforts and lists our donors’ rights.

We thank everyone who gives to St Catherine's by displaying their names on our Annual List of Donors, which is published together with our College record, The Year. This list includes donors who gave during the last calendar year and who did not request anonymity.

The impact of the philanthropy of our community of Alumni, Parents, and Friends is strongly felt in all areas of St Catherine's. From helping to provide financial support for our students, to preserving the tutorial system and upgrading our buildings, your support makes a wonderful difference. Thank you!

Tax-Effective Giving


‘St Catherine's College in the University of Oxford’ is a Registered Charity (No. 1143817) in the United Kingdom. US residents can give to St Catz tax effectively through Americans for Oxford. It is also possible to make tax efficient donations from a number of other locations worldwide, including Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.


If you pay tax in the UK, then Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your gift to St Catherine’s. Using Gift Aid will allow us to reclaim the basic rate tax on your gift, increasing the value of your donation by 25%. This means that if you give £100 using Gift Aid in the tax year 2012-13, your gift is worth £125 to the College. Gift Aid can be applied to donations made by cash, cheque, direct debit, and credit/debit card.

In order for your donations to be eligible for Gift Aid, you must have paid an amount of Income and/or Capital Gains Tax that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year.

Tax Advantages for Higher Rate Taxpayers

If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim back the difference between the higher rate of tax and the basic rate on your gross Gift Aid donation. Further information can be found here.

Gift Aid Calculator

Use a Gift Aid Calculator to find out how much more Gift Aid adds to your donation.

Mathematics & Computer Science

Why Catz?

  • The Mathematics and Computer Science degree combines topics from the two constituent degrees.  Much of Computer Science is mathematical in nature; and much of Mathematics requires the application of computers.
  • Catz is strong in both constituent subjects of this degree.  We take one or two students most years.  In recent years, we have had very good students, with over 80% getting first class degrees.

Computer Science & Philosophy

Why Catz?

  • Computer Science and Philosophy is a new degree at Oxford, combining aspects of the two constituent subjects.  The two subjects have much in common, being based around rational inference and logic; the development of Computer Science has opened up new areas of Philosophy, such as Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy of Computation.
  • Catz is one of the leading colleges for the degree; college tutors were instrumental in establishing the degree.  We take one or two students each year.

Computer Science

Why Catz?

  • Catz is the youngest and most modern of Oxford's colleges: ideally suited to this most modern of subjects.
  • We are one of the largest colleges in Oxford for Computer Science, with 35 students due to be studying Computer Science or one of its joint schools in 2018-19.  We take the equivalent of eight full-time students each year (about ten students in total).


Why Catz?

  • We have a thriving Biochemistry group which, at any one time, usually consists of about 16 undergraduates (usually 4 per year group).
  • St Catherine’s College is one of the closest colleges to the Department of Biochemistry (approx. 10 minutes’ walk).


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