No change to our services – Continuing Education Library remains open

In line with Bodleian Libraries policy and University guidance, we are pleased to confirm that there is no change to our current services. We continue to offer the following:

Click & Collect 

Book a study space

Scanning services 

For instructions on how to use these services please see our earlier post

If you are enrolled on a short course run by the Department for Continuing Education (e.g. WOW) please see our guide which explains how to book a study space in the Continuing Education Library.

 

 

Service update

In view of the latest government announcement, further information about our services will be posted on this page in the coming days. The Bodleian Libraries will align with University and current government guidance on how we can best support you with your research throughout Michaelmas term.

 

Oxford has moved to National Tier 2: will library services change?

In line with Bodleian Libraries policy, we have no plans to make changes to our current services. We would like to reassure our readers that we have rigorous control measures in place to remain COVID-secure. Please do contact us library@conted.ox.ac.uk  should you have any concerns, or require further information.

We continue to offer the following Bodleian Libraries services, open to University members

Click & Collect 

Book a study space

Scanning services 

If you are enrolled on a short course run by the Department for Continuing Education (e.g. WOW) please see our guide which explains how to access Click & Collect services and book a study space in the Continuing Education Library.

 

 

Rewley House Library is now open!

The Rewley House Library is open for

  • Scanning – Library staff can scan chapters and articles to send to you by email
  • Borrowing through ‘click and collect’
  • Returning books
  • Studying in the reading room (please book a place)

You will find more information about each of these services together with opening hours and information about COVID safety in the Library below.

In order to protect students and staff the numbers in the Library are being very carefully controlled and so you must book a place every time you want to use the Library – unfortunately it is not be possible to simply drop into the Library without a booking.   The only exception to this is if you are simply returning books and do not need to use the Library for any other purpose.   Of course, having to book a place will take some getting used to but the restrictions are there to protect students and staff by limiting the numbers of people in the Library at any one time and ensuring social distancing.    Please note that we anticipate that everyone who wants to, will be able to use the Library but the booking system will ensure that people are distributed throughout the day rather than concentrated in short time periods.

Click and Collect 

You may borrow books through our ‘Click and Collect’ service.  To use the service first order your books in SOLO.  Once your books are ready for collection, we will email you to ask you to choose a collection date and time from a wide range of available slots. Here are some instructions

  1. Log in to SOLO at http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk and search for books
  2. When you have found a book that you’d like to borrow, click on the name of the Library (for example Continuing Education Library)
  3. Click on the green ‘request’ button
  4. You will be prompted to ‘send your request’
  5. Library staff will then fetch the books that you have requested
  6. Once the books have been fetched, you will receive an email inviting you to choose a collection date and time.  A wide range of options are available.

What to do if you don’t see the “Request” button  – If you don’t see the request button in SOLO please contact library@conted.ox.ac.uk for help.  Please include your full name.

Library Scan (for undergradautes, postgraduates and others with Oxford University cads)

You may request scans of book chapters and articles for delivery by email.  Due to copyright restrictions you may only request one chapter or 5% of each book and one article from each journal issue.   This can be challenging, particularly if you are not sure of the contents of the book.  However, you can often find tables of contents of books online (for example try Googling the name of the book and the word contents).   Viewing the table of contents online can help you to decide which chapter to request.    Alternatively, please email library@conted.ox.ac.uk and we will send you a scan of the table of contents to help you to decide.

To order your scans

  1. Log in to SOLO at http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk and search for books or articles
  2. If the item that you’d like scanned is in the Bodleian closed stack, click ‘Offsite scan’ to place your scan request
  3. If the items is in another Library (including the Continuing Education Library) click ‘LibraryScan’ (this button appears in the set of red icons above the list of libraries)
  4. Fill in the form with details of the chapter or article you require
  5. The scan will be sent to you by email.

LibraryScan for WOW and online short course students  – We are not able to routinely offer the scanning service to WOW or short course students and instead supply scans to the whole class through your virtual classroom or course site. However, if you particularly need a scan please email library@conted.ox.ac.uk and we will help if we can.

Returning books

You can return your books to the Continuing Education Library without a booking. Please put them in the book returns box which is now situated just inside the door of the main library (it is no longer in the reading room).  Alternatively you can return books to a Bodleian Libraries returns hub, the Library can provide you with a paid envelope to return your books by post or we can arrange for a courier to collect books from your home.   Please find more information at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/loanreturns

Book a  study space

The reading room is now open to students who have booked a study space.   You may book a study space with or without access to one of the Bodleian’s computers.

Booking a study space for undergraduates, postgraduates and others with Oxford University cards

To book a place in the Rewley House Library please click on this link or for bookings across Bodleian Libraries please go to https://spacefinder.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

LibraryScan for Oxford Brookes Architectural History students, WOW, online short course students and paying members

To book a space please telephone us on 01865 270454  letting us know your requirements. Booking will be staff-mediated and we will consult with you about availability.   Please see more information at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/conted-weeklyclass

Library Opening times

  • Mon 09.00-17.45*
  • Tues 09.30-17.45*
  • Wed 09.30-17.45*
  • Thurs 09.30-18.30*
  • Fri 09.00-17.00*
  • Sat – We will be open on Saturdays when the building is open 11.00-16.00*
  • Sun – closed

*Please note that you must book a place.

COVID safety.  Please note…

  • To ensure social distancing booking is essential –  Whilst booking a place in the Library is inconvenient, requiring bookings allows us to control the number of people in the Library at any one time.   For example each 15 minute “click and collect” slot can only be booked by 2 people.
  • Access to the book shelves in the upper and lower library is limited to Library staff at the moment. We hope that limited shelf browsing may be possible later in term but initially all books must be ordered via ‘click and collect’
  • Self-service printing, photocopying and scanning are not currently available. These facilities may be re-introduced later in term. In the meantime you can request free scans via LibraryScan (see above)
  • Library staff are following strict hygiene protocols including wearing face coverings and frequent hand washing and sanitising.   You will also be asked to observe safety protocols such as hand sanitising and wearing a face covering (unless exempt)

Help and contacts

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Should you have any queries or concerns please email us library@conted.ox.ac.uk

Look out for updates here on our blog.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Library has now reopened for ‘click and collect’, study spaces in the reading room open 29 September – book your place now!

We are delighted to announce that the Rewley House Library is re-opening with services being gradually re-introduced from 23 September.

In order to protect students and staff there will be some changes in the Library. In particular you must book a place every time you want to use the Library – unfortunately it will not be possible to simply drop into the Library without a booking.   The only exception to this will be if you are simply returning books and do not need to use the Library for any other purpose. This will take some getting used to but the restrictions are there to protect students and staff by ensuring social distancing.    Please note that we anticipate that everyone who wants to will be able to use the Library but the booking system will ensure that clusters of people do not all arrive all at once.

Key Services

Services will be gradually opened over a few days.   Dates are given below.     However, please note that there could be last minute changes.  Please check back here or for more information.

Library Scan (from 21 September) – You can request scans of book chapters or articles from Rewley House using the ‘LibraryScan’ service.

  • If you are studying you are studying on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme and/or have an Oxford University card, to use “LibraryScan” please log in to SOLO using your Oxford single sign on (SSO).   Search for items in the normal way.  Once you have found an item for scanning please click on the “LibraryScan” button.  This is in the set of buttons ABOVE the list of libraries which own the item. Alternatively if the item is in the Bodleian stack click “RemoteScan”
  • If you are a WOW student or have a pink Continuing Education Library card you may still be able to use “LibraryScan” but you will not be able to place your orders in SOLO.  Please check  here for more information.

Click and Collect (from 23 September).  You will  be able to order books from the Continuing Education Library using ‘Click & Collect’ from 23 September..

  • If you are studying on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme and/or have an Oxford University card, to use “click and collect” please log in to SOLO using your Oxford single sign on (SSO).  Search for items in the normal way.     When you find an item in the Continuing Education Library you will see a button “request”.    Use this to order your books.   Library staff will then fetch the books you have ordered.    Once  staff have fetched the books you will receive an email asking you to choose a collection slot (there will be plenty of choice of slots).   You can also click and collect at some other Bodleian Libraries.  Please note that until 30 September it will not possible to order items via “click and collect” if they are available via a HathiTrust link.  After 30 September you will be able to borrow nearly all items in the Continuing Education Library.  Please see for full instructions
  • If you are a WOW student or have a pink Continuing Education Library card you can still use “click and collect” but you will not be able to place your orders in SOLO.   Instead you will need to fill in a form to tell us which books you want. Please look here for the form and further information

Returning books (from 23 September) You can return your books to the Continuing Education Library without a booking from 24 September. Please put them in the book returns box which is now situated just inside the door of the main library (it is no longer in the reading room).  Alternatively you can return books to a Bodleian Libraries returns hub or the Library provide you with a paid envelope to return your books by post.   Please find more information at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/loanreturns

Book a desk (from 28 September) The reading room will be open to students who have booked a study space from 28 September.    You will be able to book a study space with or without a computer.      To book a place in the Rewley House Library please click on this link or for bookings across Bodleian Libraries please go to https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/reading-rooms  The Continuing Education Library is not yet listed on that page and so it is not possible to book a desk quite yet.   A link to book a desk in the Continuing Education Library will be added on or after 23 September

Changes and restrictions to ensure that we are COVID safe.  Please note…

  • Booking is essential – To use the library you must either order books via ‘Click & Collect’ or book a study space. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate walk in readers at this time.
  • Access to the book shelves in the upper and lower library will be limited to Library staff initially. We hope that limited shelf browsing may be possible later in term but initially all books must be ordered via ‘click and collect’
  • Self-service printing, photocopying and scanning will not be available initially. These facilities may be re-introduced later in term. In the meantime you can request free scans via LibraryScan.
  • You will be asked to observe safety protocols such as hand sanitising and wearing a face covering (unless exempt)

*These measures have been implemented for the safety of students and staff and in accordance with University and Bodleian Libraries guidance on safe reopening.

Opening times

Opening times during the remainder of the vacation will be:

  • Mon-Fri 10.00-12.00, 14.00-16.00 but please note that you must book a place

Opening times during term time (beginning 5th October)  are to be confirmed but we anticipate that they will be

  • Mon 09.00-17.45*
  • Tues 09.30-17.45*
  • Wed 09.30-17.45*
  • Thurs 09.30-18.30*
  • Fri 09.00-17.00*
  • Sat – We will be open on Saturdays when the building is open 11.00-16.00*
  • Sun – closed

*Please note that you must book a place.

Help and contacts

Thank you for your patience and cooperation whilst we begin to open up our services in a gradual way. Should you have any queries or concerns please email us library@conted.ox.ac.uk

Look out for updates here on our blog.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Services update

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photo (c) John Cairns

Greetings to our much missed readers! We write to provide an update on our activities and a summary of library services currently available from the Bodleian Libraries.

The Continuing Education Library is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although we do not currently have a date for re-opening the Library, we do expect to be open in time for Michaelmas (Autumn) Term.   Please check back here for more information about re-opening dates.

In the meantime, Library staff are working from home. Please do contact us with any queries that you have by emailing library@conted.ox.ac.uk   We can generally help with:

  • access to e-books, journals and databases (for students with a full University card)
  • advice on obtaining scanned copies of library materials
  • queries about Bodleian Libraries services (described in more detail below)
  • reference and bibliographic enquiries

In addition, some of the larger Bodleian Libraries are now offering scanning and “click and collect” services that you may be able to use.  Please see the information on “Bodleian Libraries Services” below for more information.

Continuing Education Library staff are working hard on a range of tasks and services (see FAQ for more information) and in particular are planning for the safe reopening of our library to staff and readers as soon as we possibly can.   We will provide updates on our progress via this blog and our library website. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do contact us – we’re always happy to help.

Bodleian Libraries Services

In recent weeks, the Bodleian Libraries have launched a number of services to aid readers working ‘remotely’. A summary of these is provided below.

Scan & Deliver (Offsite Scan) 

If you hold a valid University card (issued to Continuing Education students enrolled on undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses) or a Bodleian Libraries’ reader card (issued by the Bodleian Admissions Office) you can use the Scan and Deliver service to request scans of book and journal extracts* from material held in the Bodleian Library offsite storage facility. The service is limited to two requests per person per day, but is free of charge.  For more information please see the Scan and Deliver service page on the Bodleian Libraries website.

*[1 chapter from a book or 10% of the book whichever is greater; 1 article from a journal issue or 10 % of the issue, whichever is greater]

Scan & Deliver (enhanced service) LibraryScan

In order to mitigate the effects of closure of libraries to readers, the Bodleian Libraries have extended the scope of the Scan & Deliver service to provide scans of book and journal extracts* from material held on open shelves in some of the larger libraries within the Bodleian Libraries system, including the central Bodleian, the Sackler Library, the History Faculty Library, the Social Science Library and the Taylorian. This service is limited to University card holders; a Single Sign-On username and password is required. As with the offsite scanning service, this service (known as LibraryScan) is limited to two requests per person per day, but is free of charge. For further information please see the  Scan and Deliver service page on the Bodleian Libraries website.

*[1 chapter from a book or 10% of the book whichever is greater; 1 article from a journal issue or 10 % of the issue, whichever is greater]

Click & Collect 

Some of the larger Bodleian Libraries are offering a carefully managed ‘click & collect’ service to allow readers to request books for collection at an arranged date and time. This service is limited to University card holders; a Single Sign-On username and password is required. For further information, including a list of participating libraries, please see the Click & Collect page on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Book return ‘hubs’

If you have Continuing Education Library books on loan we encourage you to keep hold of them for the time being if you can. All loans have automatically been renewed until 12th October. If you prefer to return your books before that date, please refer to the loan returns page of the Bodleian Libraries website which lists the locations (‘hubs’) to which you can safely return books. Please note that you can return Continuing Education Library books to any of the Bodleian Libraries return hubs but that Rewley House itself is NOT a returns hub.

If you have finished your study in the Department for Continuing Education and are not able to return to Oxford to drop off your books then you may be able to use a free postal service for returning books (see the loan returns page for more information).   However, if you are returning to your studies in Oxford later this year we would prefer you to hang on to your books for now rather than using the postal service which is only intended for those who are not returning to Oxford.

Frequently asked questions: 

When will the Library re-open?

The Continuing Education Library is currently closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Although we do not currently have a date for re-opening the Library, we do expect to be open in time for Michaelmas (Autumn) Term.   Please check back here for more information about re-opening dates.

Why has the library not reopened yet?

Library staff are keen to reopen as soon as possible. However, planning for a safe reopening of the library to staff and readers is a complex process and one which Oxford University is taking very seriously with work taking place across many buildings throughout the city.  The Continuing Education Library will be considered in this process as part of Rewley House.  We are working closely with the Department to ensure that we are ready to open the Library once the building re-opens.

Will the Continuing Education Library offer a scanning and/or a click & collect service? 

When staff are able to return to the Library we will offer a scanning service. In the meantime, if you are a member of the University (for example on an undergraduate, postgraduate or research programme) or a Bodleian card holder please bear in mind that you can request scans from the Bodleian stack and from some other Bodleian Libraries using the scan and deliver service (see Scan and Deliver).

If the book you need is not in any of the Libraries that are offering scan and deliver please do get in touch with library@conted.ox.ac.uk as we may be able to source a scan from elsewhere.

We hope to offer click and collect once public access to Rewley House is restored in accordance with safety protocols.    Again if you are a member of the University you may be able to order books using click and collect from the larger Bodleian Libraries which are already offering this service.  For details see Click & Collect

I don’t have a University card or a Bodleian Reader card. What services can I use? 

As noted above, the Bodleian Libraries scanning service is currently restricted to University card (and Bodleian card holders for offsite scan).   Click & collect services are currently also restricted to University card holders. However, if you do not have one of these cards you can still access a range of ‘open-access’  online material via SOLO. For more information please see our earlier post

I had a Continuing Education Library card because I was enrolled on a weekly class before lockdown; what should I do about the books I have on loan?

Continuing Education Library cards are issued by the Continuing Education Library staff for the duration of the short course ( e.g. 10 or 20 weeks) for which you have enrolled. In some cases therefore your membership will have expired. As noted above, your Continuing Education Library loans will have been automatically renewed until the 12th of October, even though your membership may have expired. Please hold on to your books until then if possible; however, should you wish to return them before the due date, please see return options on the Bodleian Libraries website.It is not currently possible to return books to the Continuing Education Library because Rewley House remains closed. If you wish to be reminded of the details of the books you have on loan, please contact us.

Please note that you do not need a valid Continuing Education card in order to continue to access the ‘open-access’ online resources via SOLO; these ‘open-access’ resources are available to anyone with an internet connection.

What are the Library staff doing whilst they are working from home?

Library staff are working hard on a range of tasks from home including

  • answering your queries
  • planning for the safe reopening of our library to staff and readers as soon as we possibly can
  • purchasing e-books for the coming term
  • obtaining digitised material (scans) to support next term’s classes
  • creating online ORLO reading lists
  • preparing online guides and tutorials to help students make the most of the Library
  • supporting the Bodleian Libraries services including Live Help, ORLO reading lists and behind the scenes work on scan and deliver.

How can I get help?

We are here to support your research and answer your queries ( or if you’d just like to say hello!)  Our email address is library@conted.ox.ac.uk Thank you for your patience as we work towards an expansion of our services.

JSTOR increase number of free online articles from 6 to 100!

Good news from JSTOR, which applies to everyone, even if you don’t have a single -sign on password. To help support research during the Covid-19 pandemic, JSTOR have significantly increased( until 30th June)  the number of free articles you can access each month, simply by signing up for a free JSTOR account. Anyone can sign up, so this applies to weekly class students too!

https://support.jstor.org/hc/en-us/articles/115004760028-How-to-register-get-free-access-to-content

Weekly class students can find further help and information about accessing online resources in our previous post 

Students on award-bearing courses can find help using the Bodleian Libraries online subscription resources here 

What can I access from home? A guide for weekly class students

The libraries are closed: what can I still get online?

All libraries run by the Bodleian Libraries are currently closed until further notice. This includes the Continuing Education Library.

Due to unavoidable reduction in services related to Covid-19 all Scan & Deliver services are currently suspended until further notice.

Please read the guidance below which will point you in the direction of accessible online resources you can access via SOLO from home.

Continuing Education Library staff are working from home and are available to you by email! If you have any questions, need our help finding digital resources, or just want to chat, please email us library@conted.ox.ac.uk

We began as a travelling library, back in the late nineteenth century, supporting Oxford University’s Delegacy of Extra Mural Studies. Connecting our users to resources remotely is still our mission!

The information below is intended to direct weekly class students towards open access online resources. If you are studying for an award-bearing course, and have Single Sign-On (SSO) please see the guide elsewhere on this blog What can I access from home? Help with e-resources

Weekly Class students

There are some ‘open access’ digital resources which you can explore on SOLO, the library catalogue. These are password free and you don’t need to sign in to use them. Here’s how to find them:

  1. Go to SOLO http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  2. Enter your search term (topic) in the white box
  3. Keep the search scope set to Search everything (see diagram below). Click on the magnifying glass to run your search.
  4. On the results page look at the options under Show only on the left and choose Open Access (see diagram below). You should see articles and other papers. Having already chosen you can further refine by selecting or excluding options under Resource type

 

Receive six online journal articles a month free with a JSTOR account **Update! JSTOR have now temporarily extended this offer from 6 articles a month to 100!**

Another option to explore is to sign up online for a free individual JSTOR account, which will allow you to access online up to six ( update! 100 articles a month until 30th June 2020) scholarly journal articles a month. JSTOR is a large archive of online journals in a range of subject areas. You will not find the most recent journal issues there because issues are added after a publisher-imposed embargo period; however, it is still worth exploring.

Although JSTOR is a subscription service, they offer 6 ( until June 30th 100!) free articles a month to members of the public. To sign up visit https://tinyurl.com/uhhrbnh

 

 

 

What can I access from home? Help with e-resources

Note: Access to Oxford University’s subscription resources from home requires a Single Sign-On username and password, for which students enrolled on award-bearing courses are eligible.  If you do not have a Single Sign-On username and password ( for example, if you are a weekly class student) there are still open access resources that you can explore. Please see our guide on this blog What can I access from home? A guide for weekly class students.

The information below applies to students on award-bearing courses.

The libraries are closed: what can I still get online?

All libraries run by the Bodleian Libraries are currently closed until further notice. This includes the Continuing Education Library.

Due to unavoidable reduction in services related to Covid-19 all Scan & Deliver services are currently suspended until further notice.

Please read the guidance below which will point you in the direction of accessible online resources you can access via SOLO from home.

Continuing Education Library staff are working from home and are available to you by email! If you have any questions, need our help finding digital resources, or just want to chat, please email us library@conted.ox.ac.uk

We began as a travelling library, back in the late nineteenth century, supporting Oxford University’s Delegacy of Extra Mural Studies. Connecting our users to resources remotely is still our mission!

A wide range of online resources are available via SOLO and we are working to extend these services where possible.

There are two types of resources available to you online from home.

(You’ll need to have signed in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) username and password)

  1. Electronic resources indicated by a green dot (see below)
  2. E books

You will want to look out for results which have a green dot next to them and which are labelled Online access. These are the University’s electronic subscription resources and they include e books, journal articles, databases, maps, images and more. In the diagram below this is the second result.

 

During the period that the Bodleian libraries are locked down, you will not be able to access either of the other two options shown in the diagram above, only the Online access option. In normal circumstances, when the libraries are open, the Find & Request option would point you to libraries which hold a physical copy of the item; the third option, with a yellow dot and the label Electronic Legal Deposit item is also not available to you from home. However, this is the case even when the libraries are open.

Electronic Legal Deposit (eLD) is not the same as commercially available online resources. It is a special collection that has legal restrictions on use.  As these special resources need to be consulted from Bodleian Libraries computers, and the libraries are currently closed to both staff and readers, it is not possible to access these resources at this present time. If the item you are looking for is only available as one of these Electronic Legal Deposit items, and is essential for your research, please contact us (see below). We may be able to point you to an alternative online option.

For more information please see https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/eld-explained

Limiting your SOLO search results to show only online resources is easy. Enter your search term in the search box and look under Sort & Filter Results on the left-hand side. Under Show only choose Online Resources

 

 

E books

You can easily identify e books in your SOLO search results. They have an open book symbol next to them, and a link with a green dot labelled Online access

 

In addition to finding e books in your search results, it is also possible to browse e book collections (some examples are Ebook Central and EBSCOhost. Enter these in the SOLO search box to explore their collections) For more information about finding and using e books, see the following guide:

https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/e-books/finding

A special page has been added to the above guide outlining updates to e book provision, part of the Bodleian Libraries support for remote and online learning during the period of physical library closures. We are getting more e-resources all the time; please check the above guide ( Covid-19 tab) and the Continuing Education Library http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/conted for regular updates.

If you cannot find an accessible online version of the item you are looking for, please contact the Bodleian Libraries to recommend an e resource for purchase. If you do not receive a response within 5 working days please contact us directly library@conted.ox.ac.uk  Please also contact us directly if you need help with using SOLO to find a particular online resource; we may be able to help by suggesting alternative online resources.

Email: library@conted.ox.ac.uk   Website: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/conted

Covid-19 update: E-book and enquiry service ongoing ; but scanning and posting services suspended

Unfortunately, Bodleian Libraries has now had to suspend both the scanning and postal services (as of 5pm 23 March).   We expect these services to be suspended for some weeks. However, please check back her for updates.

The Continuing Education Library staff are now working from home and can help you with:

  • E-books and articles – Bodleian Libraries has extensive electronic collections which you will be able to access through SOLO as usual. If the book you want is not available as an e-book (or is restricted to Bodleian Libraries computers) please email us on library@conted.ox.ac.uk and we will do our best to get hold of it as an e-book which you can access off campus
  • Enquiries – If you have any questions, particularly relating to finding and using e-resources please get in touch with library@conted.ox.ac.uk We are working and will be very happy to assist you by email or telephone!

Please do get in touch if we can help you with any other library matters.