The Callaghan Library


Opened in 2012, and named after former Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan, the Callaghan library is at the heart of learning at Ruskin College - and that’s not just at the physical heart of the campus. Online access is available giving students 24/7 access to the library’s collections and resources.

Dedicated to the courses and subject areas taught at Ruskin, the library houses over 45,000 volumes, and provides over 150 journals through current subscriptions or in the archives. An extensive collection of historic pamphlets, DVDs, CDs and audiotapes of drama, literature and related subjects, add to the array of learning materials.

The library houses the McColl/Seeger archive of folk-song and protest music, historical documentation on Ruskin history, and folders containing information on Ruskin alumni.

The library also offers computers with internet access, an electronic catalogue, facilities to play CDs and DVDs, and photocopiers and scanners. For those students who require them, magnifiers and text-reading software are available to further support your learning and research.


Library access

Staff are available to help on library and learning resource matters between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 1pm-6pm some Saturday's (Please check beforehand). The library is open 24 hours, seven days a week for browsing and use of the collections within the library. The computer area is a quiet work space.

Most students have a limit of 10 loans which are for half a term, renewable by email or telephone as well as in person, unless reserved by another reader. All loans must be returned or renewed by the end of each term, and should not be passed on to another student.

Arrangements are made at the beginning of every Higher Education course for students to attend admissions sessions for membership of the Bodleian Library, the main research library of the University of Oxford. Ruskin students can also use many other libraries in Oxford, including some of the faculty libraries of the University of Oxford.