Facilities and Resources

The Centre is based in Headington Hill Hall, built in 1824 for the Morrell family.

Classes for the Publishing programmes take place at the Headington Campus of the University, including in the newly opened John Henry Brookes building. Facilities available to publishing students include a purpose-built IT suite with an interactive whiteboard and sound and video projection.  All students have the opportunity to learn and use professional software such as Adobe InDesign.

  • The IT suite has over 40 Mac desktop computers with up-to-date software, including Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Other computer facilities (some with 24-hour access) are available within Oxford Brookes University through Computer Services
  • The Library carries an outstanding collection of books, journals and electronic resources relating to publishing built up over many years. Students have access to all relevant databases including Book Facts Online, the Bookseller, Business Source Complete, Fame, Global Publishing Information Reports, Logos, Mintel, Nielsen Bookscan, and Pirabase. Information about these can be found on the Library's subject help pages for Publishing

The Library also includes a number of special collections of relevance to publishing students and researchers:

Booker Prize Archive

The Library at Oxford Brookes has become the permanent home of the Booker Prize Archive. This is an extraordinarily rich collection of correspondence, records and press coverage of the most famous and influential literary prize in the United Kingdom. It offers unique research possibilities for students both of publishing and modern literature.

Books that Shaped the Century

This is a collection of over 100 books that were selected by the professional publishing journal, Logos, as being pivotal to the development of human life in the Twentieth Century. There is an annotated catalogue and a shadow collection of all the books in their English-language translations which is available on loan to schools and libraries.

Andre Deutsch Collection

Andre Deutsch was an extraordinarily creative and idiosyncratic publisher. The Andre Deutsch Collection consists of the first editions of the books he published over half a century along with illustrative memorabilia.

Publishing in Africa

The Publishing in Africa collection has been set up by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Oxford Brookes University Library to provide an open research and reference source on publishing in Africa.

The basis of the collection was a range of books, journals, booklets and reports donated by the aid-agency, CODE Europe. This has been supplemented by donations from many other sources including the International African Institute, the Bellagio Group, Hans Zell, Heinemann Publishers, Macmillan Publishers. Funding to establish the collection as a physical presence was provided by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and an acquisition fund has been established with the help of generous contributions from Heinemann and Macmillan.

The collection would welcome further donations in cash or kind. It is also anxious to receive catalogues of publications from or about Africa.

Book Design Collection

The  Book Design Collection has titles that are illustrative of design features such as typography, illustration and jacket design, including entrants and winners of the British Book Design and Production Awards, which are organized by Oxford Brookes University, the British Print Industries Federation and the Publishers Association.