School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Robinson Library Collections

Philip Robinson Library Collections

The Philip Robinson Library is the University's main library and is within five minutes' walking distance of the School.

The Library is open seven days a week, with 24-hour opening during exam periods. It has more than 1,500 study spaces, including areas for group discussion and silent research. There are also 360 computers connected to the campus network.

The library collection contains more than 1,000,000 print books, the largest collection of ebooks in the country, 14,000 journals, and a wide range of specialist online resources, including:

  • JISC Historic Books
  • Literature Online
  • Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts
  • the Oxford English Dictionary Online
  • newspapers from 1600 to the present day

For those studying film modules, it has several hundred feature films from many different countries available for loan.

The Robinson Library accesses a number of linguistics databases, including:

  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)

For an overview of the library's resources for English, information about access to libraries and resources elsewhere, and advice on getting the best out of the library, visit the library's English Literature, Language and Linguistics subject guide.

Special collections

The Library holds microform collections in the Microform Research Room, British literary manuscripts 1500-1700 and English linguistics 1500-1800.

It also holds multi-volume sets of printed collections of manuscripts and facsimiles such as:

  • The Bodleian Shelley Manuscripts
  • The Cornell Yeats Manuscript Materials
  • Blake's Illuminated Books
  • Early English Text Society Publications
  • Anti-Jacobin Novels
  • Lives of the Great Romantics by their Contemporaries
  • Travels, Explorations and Empires 1770-1835

Search and browse the collections on the Library website.

You can also view a catalogue of Tudor books (PDF: 98KB).