The Bodleian Latin American Centre Library

The Bodleian Latin American Centre Library

The Bodleian Latin American Centre Library is a specialist lending collection for those studying Latin American politics, economics and social sciences. It also has an extensive history collection, focused in particular on the twentieth century. Located at the Latin American Centre, it not only supports the Centre’s postgraduate students but welcomes all current resident members of the University who are interested in the subject area. See Admissions below for more information.

The library houses some 16,000 volumes, together with journals, a wide ranging grey literature collection, microfilms and DVDs. The stock is regularly updated. It has three reading rooms, all with wifi, including a seminar room and workspace. Over twenty journals are subscribed to, including popular titles like ProcesoSemana and Veja, and academic ones such as the Latin American Weekly and regional reports, the Latin American Research Review, the Journal of Latin American Studies and Quehacer.

The library is part of the Social Sciences Group of the Bodleian Libraries and is both a focus of scholarship and a popular meeting place for students. See our online guide to the library. Browse our latest acquisitions on LibraryThing and follow us on Facebook.

For any enquiries about the Bodleian Latin American Centre Library, please email


Current members of Oxford University, including academic visitors and recognised students registered with a College or department, may register to use the Library. Admission is by current blue-stripe University Card, which should be obtained from your college or department.

Bona fide researchers in the Library's subject area may register to use the Library for reference only. Admission is normally by (gold-stripe) Bodleian Libraries Reader's Card. Any prospective reader intending to use the Library for more than a day is requested to obtain a Bodleian Libraries Reader's Card before their first visit. The Bodleian Admissions Office can be contacted by phone ( +44 (0) 1865 277180) or email (

Visiting researchers intending to use only the Library for a visit of one day should email the Librarian in advance of their visit.

Opening hours and closed periods

Term Hours: Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 (closed 13.00-14.00 Mon-Fri)

Vacation Hours: Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 (closed 13.00-14.00 Mon-Fri)

Closed Periods: Saturdays and Sundays, Christmas and Easter.

Due to staff holidays, there will be periods of limited access during the Long Vacation (these will be advertised on the Library website:

Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows Programme

Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows Programme for research using Special Collections

The Bodleian Libraries run a Visiting Fellows Programme that gives scholars from outside the University the opportunity to carry out periods of research into Bodleian Special Collections material. As part of the programme there are two fellowship schemes for research into any topic and in any field using the Special Collections, the Humfrey Wanley Fellowships and the Sassoon Visiting Fellowships.

The Latin American Centre and the LAC Library wish to draw these fellowship opportunities to the attention of potential visiting scholars who are interested in working with the wealth of Special Collections material held by the Bodleian Libraries in the field of Latin American Studies and History. 

Once in Oxford, there would be further opportunities to lead a discussion at the Latin American History seminar series at the Centre and to learn more about the exciting Latin American research taking place across the University.

For further information about the Fellowship Programme, please follow the links below. 

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the Fellowship Programme, please contact the LAC Librarian, Frank Egerton ( or the Latin American Centre Administrator, Lucy Driver (, in the first instance.

David Nicholls Memorial Collection

The David Nicholls Memorial Collection is based on the private collection of Britain’s foremost Haiti expert, of which about a quarter deals specifically with Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean territories.

It covers a variety of subjects in the areas of politics, theology, Caribbean studies and material on specific Caribbean countries, including Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic. Particularly strong is the section on Haitian politics, society and culture – areas that David Nicholls explored in several important books. New books are added regularly, especially in the Caribbean section. Please review the DNMC Collection Policy 2019 for more information.

The collection holds over 4,000 books and pamphlets, along with dissertations, working papers and a number of rare journal titles relating to Nicholls’s area of expertise. It also holds archival material relating to David Nicholls which includes many of his manuscripts, articles, and personal papers. We are in the process of creating a definitive list of this material.

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