Vere Harmsworth Library

The Vere Harmsworth Library houses the University's principal research collection relating to the history of the United States. The library has an excellent collection of printed materials, including monographs, journals and editions of documents, and houses several important research collections.

The collections of printed material are impressive by both European and American standards. The library is also home to the Philip & Rosamund Davies US Elections Campaigns Archive, an extensive collection of campaign ephemera from US elections. Further information about the collections and electronic resources available can be found in the library's online Guide to US History Sources.

Access to the library is available to all members of the University (including RAI Fellows) and anyone with a valid Bodleian Libraries reader's card. The library is for reference use only for most readers; there is a limited lending service to American Studies Fellows and graduate students.

For more information, please visit the library website.

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“The Vere Harmsworth Library is a simply wonderful place to work. Its rich holdings of books, periodicals, newspapers and government documents are housed in the most comfortable working environment and in an award-winning modern building. It's hard to think of a better place outside the United States for the study of American history and politics."

Professor Richard Carwardine, FBA, Rhodes Professor Emeritus of American History, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and author of the Lincoln Prize-winning Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power.