Library & IT


The library is maintained for the primary use of undergraduates and 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.

All books in the library are included in the electronic catalogue, which in turn forms part of the wider Oxford University libraries network. The library is wired for access to electronic library resources and to the Internet. There are 14 computer terminals, a high-quality printer available in the library for students’ use and wireless connectivity for laptop users. New books are constantly being added to the College Library, at the recommendation of either Tutors or students. A separate College Law library houses law reports and journals.



Despite its modern foundation, St. Catherine’s College has an important Archive. The role of the College Archive is to preserve a record of the life of the College – both an institutional record, and a less formal picture of the life of the College community.

The Archive contains a small number of records related to the Delegacy and a larger number related to the foundation of the College, in addition to administrative records. The Archive primarily collects material relating to students, events in college, and commentary on the architecture.

The Archive is looked after by Barbara Costa, College Archivist, on two afternoons per week, currently Monday and Wednesday from 2.30-5.30pm.

For enquiries and appointments, contact: 01865 281588

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.

12 books can be borrowed at any one time, for up to 4 weeks, (or until Friday of 8th Week, if sooner). Vacation borrowing begins on Monday of 8th Week, with books being issued until Thursday of 1st Week.

Readers must use their University card to borrow and are personally responsible for all books taken out. Emails are sent to remind you when books are due back. Fines on overdue books are 10p per book, per day. The library reserves the right to charge the full replacement cost of any book not returned.


01865 281582 (issue desk)
01865 271707 (office)

Opening Hours


Please note only members of the College may use the library. External readers may be admitted under certain circumstances, but only if an appointment is made in advance. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit.

Summer vacation, Library opening hours:

Major electric work will be undertaken in the Library over the Summer, which means it will be closed from the 1st of July until the first couple of weeks of September, in order to complete the work and make the Library space safe and improved before the beginning of the next Academic year.

The majority of Bodleian Libraries will be open in Oxford throughout the vacation. Please have a look at their opening hours, and if you need help in finding a good space for you to work, do not hesitate to contact the library staff.

We will be available over the Summer via, for any queries.

Term time

Monday – Friday 8:00-0:00
Saturday – Sunday 9:00-0:00


The library maintains term-time hours from 0th week in Michaelmas Term through 10th week in Trinity Term, with the exception of Christmas and Easter closure periods. Any changes to this will be posted on the library door, website, and social media pages.

Graduate after-hours study room

Graduates may also use the After-Hours Study Room in Room B in the Bernard Sunley Building, between 8.00pm-8.00am every day in Weeks 1- 8. The key can be collected from the Lodge.

Using the Library


All the books held by both the University and college libraries are catalogued on SOLO. They 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.

SOLO has lots of other useful features which are detailed hereGuides 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.

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. Please remember not to leave valuables unattended.

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 re-shelved in the morning. Books should be left in a neat pile so that other students can use the desk when you are away.


All students at St Catherine’s College are provided with an account on the college NetWare servers, this username and password combination allows access to the computers in the Library, JCR and Staircase 18 computer rooms mentioned below. More information can be found here.



The IT office is open Monday to Friday, 11:00am-12:30pm and 3:00pm-4:00pm.

IT Support Request Form

IT Support Request

Opening Hours


Library Computer Room: 08:30 – 23:55
Staircase 18: 24 hours
JCR Email room: 08:00-24:00

The opening hours of the library and JCR, when different, supersede those given here.

Student Computer Rooms


There are three rooms in college equipped for computers for use by students:

  • Library computer room; this contains 20 PCs, a colour laser printer, and an A4 flatbed colour scanner.
  • Staircase 18 computer room; this consists of three PCs, a black and white laser printer, and a single A4 flatbed colour scanner.
  • JCR computer room; located next to the JCR this facility is open to all college members and contains 10 machines, a black and white A4 laser printer, and a colour A3 printer.

The Library Computer Room


A small charge is levied for printing to cover the cost of consumables and is paid for in advance via the uPay system. Students will be advised of the current charging scheme on arrival. This is currently 4 pence per sheet of A4 black-and-white printing and 10 pence per sheet for colour printing, also A4.

Common software packages that are available to students include Microsoft and Corel Office suites for general word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation preparation; eXceed for running X-windows, and SPSS for statistics. Each user is allocated 10GB of disk space on a central fileserver; this is quite generous and extensions will only rarely be considered and then only if sufficient resources are available. Files stored on local disks should not be considered secure nor safe from deletion.

All students are given a username and password for access to networked computers. Without the correct combination it is impossible to log on to any computer and use your home directory. Students wishing to make use of the College email facilities must first register individually for an email account with Oxford University Computing Services, email account details are generally provided on arrival for those starting a course at Catz. Once these details are obtained, a variety of email packages are available for use on personally owned computers; instructions for configuring popular email packages is provided by OUCS With regard to PCs found in computer rooms, email should only be used on the machines set aside for that purpose within the email room. Internet access is also available from machines within the student computer rooms.

All student rooms have data-points for connection to the Internet. These are standard RJ-45 sockets operating at either 100Mb/s or 1Gb/s. Students wishing to connect their machines to the data network must register their machines – this process can be conducted online via web-form and does not require a prior visit to the IT office.

Student views on matters of college computing are aired to the IT Committee by two representatives, one from the JCR and another from the MCR. Matters that require prompt resolution should be directed to the appropriate student representative, or, when necessary, the College IT Officer. General information regarding computing issues specific to the college network may be found on posters distributed in the student computing rooms. For additional IT information, please contact us. For news about changes in how IT is provided at St Catherine’s please follow our Catz IT twitterfeed.



Connecting To Networked Printers From Personal Computers and other Devices.

College members may print to networked printers via either document submission by e-mail or uploading to a web portal. Accepted formats include Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIF, and TXT . Users wishing to print other file formats should either convert the document to PDF format prior to submission, or print locally in one of the College’s computer rooms.

Printing documents submitted by e-mail

Send an e-mail with the documents attached that you would like to print, to , submitted jobs will then be queued until released. Please note that print jobs may only be submitted from your primary University account.

After submitting your print job visit here, login (using your College network credentials), select the ‘My Print Jobs’ tab where you will be able to select your desired destination printer and available (advanced) options such specifying pages, duplexing, or forced monochrome printing.

Printing documents via upload to a web portal

Using your preferred web browser visit here, login (using your College network credentials), and select the ‘Web Print’ tab.

Select whether you wish to print a particular web page (in which case enter the appropriate URL in the field provided), or a specific file. In the latter case ‘Browse’ for the desired file and once selected click on the ‘Next’ button after which you will be able to select your desired destination printer and available (advanced) options such specifying pages, duplexing, or forced monochrome printing.

In case of difficulties please contact the College’s I.T. staff.