Library Overview

Welcome to Campion Hall Library.

The Library has  been integral to its life and scholarly activity since the Hall’s foundation in 1896. It enjoys a privileged location within the Lutyens designed building. It consists of the Main Library (and four ancillary spaces) and affords a pleasant working environment with its view out over the Hall’s fine garden. 

The Library Collection serves the Students and Fellows of the Hall and makes a distinctive contribution to the Libraries in the University. Its Collection mainly consists of Arts subjects, and it is especially strong in Modern Catholic Theology, Integral Ecology, and Jesuit studies.

At present its stock consists of some 32,000 volumes (including serials) and is open 24/7 for members of the Hall. In the case of items not held elsewhere in the University’s libraries, non-members of the Hall should email the Librarian to request access:

Signature of Edmund Campion

Current Collections

Since 2019, the mission of the Library has been given sharper focus not only in how it supports the research of the Hall’s members but also in developing a closer relationship with other collections within the University and Church communities. Particular attention is now being given to:

  • Modern Catholic Theology. The Collection houses an extensive range of original language copies of some of the major Catholic theologians of the twentieth century, reinforced by the purchase of appropriate secondary literature. 
  • Jesuit Studies and Ignatian Spirituality. These sections will include classic sources, such as found in the Monumenta Historica Societatis Iesu, as well as an up to date, multi-lingual collection in contemporary Ignatian Spirituality.
  • Laudato Si’ and integral ecology.  Campion’s focus will be to provide resources in the theological and philosophical aspects of the discipline.
  • Catholic social thought and ethics, with a special focus on refugees and peacebuilding

Additionally, recognising the link with Lutyens and the artwork in the Campion Chapel, we have a small, interesting collection of art books housed in a separate room on the first floor and relevant material is added to it on a limited scale.

All members of the Hall are encouraged to recommend books for purchase, and the Librarian is happy to assist with general queries.

Entries in the card catalogue are being retrospectively converted to SOLO, the public catalogue of the collections of the libraries of the University of Oxford; the most used sections of the library have now been processed.

In addition to the physical library resources all members of the Hall have full access to the online resources of the University, including e-books, e-journals and databases, through the University libraries catalogue, SOLO.

Get in Touch

If you have questions, requests or feedback, please get in touch with the Fellow Librarian using the details below:

Fellow Librarian: Wilma Minty
Phone: 01865 (2) 86012

Please note: the Fellow Librarian is present in the Library on two full days a week (normally Tuesday and Thursday) but may be reached at any other time by email.