Taylor Institution

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Taylor Institution
The Ashmolen from behind the Martyrs Memmorial.jpg
The Taylor Institute seen from the Martyrs' Memorial
Country United Kingdom
Type Academic library
Established 1845
Location St Giles', Oxford
Coordinates 51°45′19″N 1°15′36″W / 51.7554°N 1.2600°W / 51.7554; -1.2600
Other information
Director James Legg
Phone number (01865) 278158
Website Taylor Institution Library
Taylorian is located in Oxford city centre
Taylorian
Taylorian
Location of the Institution in central Oxford

The Taylor Institution (commonly known as the Taylorian) is the Oxford University library dedicated to the study of the European Languages. Its building also includes lecture rooms used by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford. Since 1889 a prestigious Annual Lecture on a subject of Foreign Literature has been given at the Taylorian Institution.

It was established in 1845, funded largely by a bequest from the estate of the notable architect Sir Robert Taylor (1714–1788).

The Institution and its Library are found in the east wing of a neo-classical building, constructed by Charles Cockerell to accommodate the Institution and the Randolph Galleries (now the Ashmolean Museum), located at the southern end of St Giles'. There is a building in Wellington Square which houses the Institution's Greek and Slavonic annexe.

The library serves, for the greater part, those studying for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, for the various Master's degrees, and for the D Phil. The contents of the building on St. Giles' focus on the Western European languages, most notably on the French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese languages (including the South American Spanish language and the Brazilian Portuguese language) with a total of around five hundred thousand volumes. The Greek and Slavonic annexe consists of European languages found further eastward, including the Greek, Slavic (including Russian), Uralic, and Albanian languages.

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