Library Information

Merton’s Upper Mob Library (left, and the oldest continually operating one in the English-speaking world) is sadly not open for normal, mortal, undergrad use every day, but opportunities to tour it are available each year!

The Upper Library is found in Mob Quad (right), in turn itself the oldest quadrangle at any university in the world. If you’re an exceptionally lucky third year, you might get a chance to live in Mob, but beware the chapel bells waking you up every morning!


Library Information

Merton’s OWL Library is open from 07:00am until 11:00pm and Mob is open from 7:00am until 2:00am each day. The library staff are in OWL from 9:30am until 5:00pm Monday to Friday each day of term.

  • If you’re unable to leave your room because you’re ill, but need access to books, you can get in touch with the library staff and they will arrange a drop-off service for you (

  • At the end of each term a library survey goes around, but if you have something you’d like to raise you can always use the board downstairs in OWL to pin a note to Harriet.

  • Each Merton student has a book grant of up to £100 each year, claimable in Trinity Term. Just keep a hold of your receipts and submit them when the notice to do so comes around!

  • Free, unlimited printing through the college system can be accessed here.