The Library

The Rewley House Continuing Education Library is one of the Bodleian Libraries and has a lending collection of over 70,000 books and other materials on all subjects taught in the Department. There is a reading room, adjacent to the main library containing reference works and current periodicals.  A library induction session is provided at the beginning of your course.

You also have access to other Oxford University libraries, including for example the Bodleian Library, Sackler Library, Radcliffe Science Library and Faculty Libraries. The 28 libraries to which you have access are collectively referred to as the “Bodleian Libraries”.

The University subscribes to a wide range of electronic resources including e-books, e-journals and databases which you will be able to access from anywhere in the World by logging on with your Oxford Single Sign on (SSO).  

The physical and electronic collections of the Continuing Education Library and most of the other Libraries within the University and Colleges can be searched using SOLO, the University’s online library catalogue.  When using SOLO remember that you will be able to use the 28 libraries within the “Bodleian Libraries” group. However, access to college libraries is restricted to members of the college only.

You will be able to borrow books from the Continuing Education Library and from many other libraries within the “Bodleian Libraries” group using your University card.   However some libraries including the Old Bodleian Library are “reference only” libraries.         

To log on to PCs in the Continuing Education Library and in other Bodleian Libraries or to connect to library wifi you will need to log on with the barcode number from your University card and your “Bodleian Libraries” password. The password is set by default to your date of birth in the format dd/mmm/yyyy e.g. 11sep2008. Please change this password as soon as possible by visiting http://register.bodleian.ox.ac.uk ox.ac.uk. If you have problems with your password, please ask at the library desk and staff will reset it for you

For more information about library resources, please see the Library website.

For enquiries please phone +44 (0)1865 270454 or email library@conted.ox.ac.uk or come to the Library at Rewley House.

Reading Room

The Library's Jessup Reading Room is open long hours and houses a collection of reference books. Bodleian Libraries wi-fi is available to members of the Library for accessing electronic resources.

Electronic library resources

Once you have activated your account at the start of your course, you will be able to access electronic library resources remotely. Electronic resources include online journals, databases, electronic textbooks, electronic reference works and specialised sites relating to a specific subject. You will find out about resources for your course from your lecturers and/or from the Rewley House Continuing Education Library.

You can access electronic resources from any computer using your SSO.  The easiest way is to log in to SOLO, Search Oxford Libraries Online. You can also log into individual resources using your SSO; exact methods will vary according to the resource.

Student computing facilities

The Department’s computing facilities can be found at Rewley House and at Ewert House.  

As per your University contract, you must adhere to the University’s Rules for Computer Use when using the Department's computing facilities.  Please note that failure to observe these rules may result in our restricting or denying your access to the Departmental/University computing facilities and/or disciplinary action.

If you need individual computer access, you may use the Student Computing Facility. The OUDCE Student Computing Facility (SCF) has a cluster of 6 PCs running Microsoft Windows and is situated in room 141 of Rewley House.

The Student Resource Room (SRR) in Ewert House has a cluster of 4 networked PCs running Microsoft Windows available for students to use for coursework and access Bodleian Library resources.

Details regarding opening hours, support, booking and rules for using the SRR and SCF can be found online on the IT Services website.

Virtual Learning Environments

The Department uses WebLearn, Moodle and Canvas, which are accessed with your SSO. Most courses will make use of at least some of the functions of these platforms. More information will be provided in your Course Handbook.  See the Online facilities webpage for links.

Common Room and bar

The Rewley House Common Room overlooks our quiet, private courtyard. It has a fully licensed bar which is open daily from 10.00am and serves sandwiches, cakes, hot drinks, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits.

Dining Room

The Rewley dining room offers high-quality food freshly prepared by the Department's dedicated team of chefs. See the Rewley House Residential Centre for more information.


The Department can accommodate up to 70 guests in our facilities in Wellington Square in central Oxford. There is a special access ramp and a self-contained suite on the ground floor, equipped for use by people with mobility problems with an adjoining room for carers.  We also offer dining facilities, a common room and a bar. More information is available on the Accommodation webpage.

University Club

The Oxford University Club provides social and sports facilities for postgraduate students and others, in the heart of the city. Further information is available on the University Club website.

University Sport

There is a broad range of University sporting facilities and clubs to explore. University facilities around the city include a gym, swimming pool, athletics track and tennis courts. Matriculated students may also have access to facilities through their college.