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Trinity College Library

All Seminar students are granted users' privileges at Trinity College Library. This undergraduate library is open 24 hours a day and its collection includes many basic texts and reference books. Library materials do not circulate, but the facility provides ample space and comfort for reading and writing. Computers are available in the Trinity College Library. This facility includes desk-top computers with e-mail capacity and internet access. Each student room also has a computer port. Students are encouraged to bring their own portable computers to Oxford but they should ensure that their computers are fitted with ethernet network cards. WiFi is available in most parts of the College, but it does occasionally fail, usually right before paper deadlines. Students also have access to a printer in the Trinity library with paper, staples and all necessary office supplies.

The Famous Bodleian Library

Although Trinity's library contains a good number of volumes, Seminar students may obtain Reader's Tickets for the Bodleian Library, the University's principal library for an additional charge of $400. Students should be able to satisfy almost all of their research needs with the Trinity library, so obtaining this is not required. Nevertheless, the card definitely comes with advantages. Opened in 1602, the Bodleian contains over six million volumes, has a staff of 400, and more than twenty reading rooms in ten separate buildings. Since 1610, the Bodleian Library has been a copyright depository for books published in Britain and Ireland. This privilege, augmented by extensive purchases and donations, has made the Bodleian a pre-eminent academic library in Britain. A Reader's Ticket to the Bodleian admits students to the whole university library system that includes the Radcliffe Camera, the Rhodes House Library, the Radcliffe Science Library, and the Law Library. It also admits holders to many of the thirty-nine Oxford colleges without paying any admission charge (usually about $4 each).