Tour Locations | Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students
Once you're out of the courtyard, it’s hard to miss the large, circular building right in front of you. I expect you’ll recognise it!
That's the Radcliffe Camera, often used as the symbol for Oxford University. It looks almost fantastical or untouchable but students can go and study in there. It’s wonderfully convenient but I recommend you get there early - desks can go quickly!
Now, turn to your right and walk along the cobbles. The RadCam, as it’s known, should be on your left hand side. I want you to bear left, and just keep walking, while I tell you a bit more.
The RadCam was funded by John Radcliffe (no surprises there), and houses mostly English and History books. So it’s a really useful place for those of you who will be studying those subjects. Every department has its own library, and that will be where you will find the majority of the books you need. You can search for books easily on the internal catalogue online called ‘SOLO’, and that will tell you which libraries have that book, and if they’re available. Some may need to be called up from storage, or the stacks, as they’re known, and you can do that either online or in person at the library.
Every college also has its own library (Merton even has two!) and although they are smaller, they are often the most convenient. College libraries are sometimes open 24 hours – but hopefully you won’t need to be staying up all night to meet deadlines!
Now keep walking straight on. There's a church straight ahead, with a very tall steeple. If you can't see it yet you soon will. That's the way you should be going.