Service Update: Long Vacation 2024

Introduction

Trinity Term is always a long one, with exams and coursework and unpredictable weather. Congratulations on making it through to the end of it! Whether you’re leaving Oxford for the summer and heading away for a well-earned rest, or making the most of the quiet to get some good reading time in, the library is here to help you out. Read on for updates on information for finalists, details of vacation loans, our library closure period, and more!

Information for Finalists

Loans: If you’re completing your course this year, please return items on loan before leaving Oxford and prior to the expiration of your University card.

Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS): If you’re leaving us this summer, do use up any remaining PCAS balance as it cannot be refunded. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email pcas@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you need assistance.

Becoming an Alum? As an Oxford alum you can take advantage of a number of benefits, including free access to the Bodleian Libraries and certain eresources. Learn more at the link: Getting started: Alumni | Bodleian Libraries

Persuing Further Oxford study? Oxford students who are finishing an undergraduate/postgraduate course and continuing into further postgraduate study at Oxford may be eligible to have a Returning Students Card, which includes borrowing rights over the summer between your courses. For more information about this, please get in contact with us using the contact details listed below.

Library Displays: Dambudzo Marechera

Curated by Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Junior Research Fellow in African and Comparative Literature, St Anne’s College)

This term, we’ve highlighted a display that explores the life and works of Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera, whose time in Oxford produced great literature but was undeniably difficult. The display contains a combination of items from within the Bodleian’s collections and items from Dr Mushakavanhu’s own collection.

Previous Display: Literature in Translation, curated by Leah Brown (Graduate Trainee).
Upcoming Display: English Faculty Library Open Day

Vacation Loans

Vacation Loans for the Bodleian Libraries are in effect as of Monday 10th June. This means that any English Faculty Library Loans you borrow/renew after this date will not be due back until Tuesday 15th October (unless your library membership expires sooner – in which case, the due date will be the date of expiry).

This means you can take your loans home with you over the summer, without worrying that they’ll be called back to the library!

Please note: Loanable offsite items may or may not be eligible for vacation loaning. Ask at the desk for clarification when borrowing.

Opening Hours

The English Faculty Library will be transitioning to its Vacation Opening hours from Monday 17th June – Friday 11th October. The English Faculty Library will be open:

OPENING HOURS:
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

Fixed Closure Period

The English Faculty Library will be closed from:

CLOSURE PERIOD:
Monday 12th August – Monday 26th August (inclusive).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Service Update: Trinity Term 2024

Introduction

Who’s ready to get stuck in for the third and final term of the academic year? We at the library are ready for your arrival, so if you can make it through the April showers and find your way down to the EFL, we hope these regular service updates will to keep you in the know. Read on for collection updates, library displays, and more…

Collection Updates

Did you know that there are a lot of borrowable items in the Offsite Store? We’re in the process of sending some of our lesser-used books to the offsite storage, but fear not, you’ll still be able to call them up and take them home with you the very next day (usually)!

When requesting an item from the offsite storage, you have to select a delivery location. Use in Library only materials can be ordered to ‘Read at’ locations (which are coloured orange) – these allow you to read a book within a variety of different reading rooms. However, if you see lots green ‘Borrow from’ locations, you’ll be able to borrow the items – select one of these, and you’ll be able to take the item home with you!

Please note: Sometimes, only one green ‘borrow from’ location will appear. When you see this, this refers to an EFL copy which is currently out on loan. If you need the book in a hurry, this may not be your best option! If it’s ever unclear about what you’re ordering, please feel free to get in contact with us and we’ll do our best to help and explain. Our contact details are listed below.

A SOLO screenshot, showing orange 'Read At' delivery locations in a drop-down menu

‘Read at’ locations are shown in orange, and allow you to order in an offsite book to be read in the library.

A SOLO screenshot showing green 'borrow from' locations in a drop-down menu

‘Borrow from’ locations are shown in green, and allow you to order a book in from offsite to be borrowed at the library desk

Library Displays: Dambudzo Marechera

Curated by Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Junior Research Fellow in African and Comparative Literature, St Anne’s College)

This display explores the life and works of Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera, whose time in Oxford produced great literature but was undeniably difficult. The display contains a combination of items from within the Bodleian’s collections and items from Dr Mushakavanhu’s own collection. The timing also coincides with the unveiling of a new portrait of Marechera at New College; Dr Mushakavanhu will also speak at its unveiling.

Previous Display: Literature in Translation, curated by Leah Brown (Graduate Trainee).
Upcoming Display: Women in Science Fiction, curated by Leah Brown (Graduate Trainee).

Opening Hours

With the new academic term, the library will be transitioning to its term-time opening hours. From Saturday 20th April – Saturday 15th June, the English Faculty Library will be open:

Monday – Friday
9am – 7pm

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter): @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

Trinity Term is often rife with exams, deadlines, and the usual end-of-year stresses. If there’s anything that we can do at the library to make your studying, research, or reading any easier, please don’t hesitate to ask. If nothing else – we’ve always got desk space and free WiFi!

Service Update: Spring Vacation 2024

Introduction

Congratulations on making it through Hilary Term! Isn’t it nice to see the sun still up in the early evening? We hope you’ll be taking some well-earned rest this vacation – yes, even if you’re sticking around in Oxford. For those of you who will be making use of the libraries this vacation, we’ve got a few service updates to help you keep abreast of what’s changing in the library. Read on for collection updates, library displays, opening hours, and more!

Collection Updates: Catalogue Stand & Oversize Items

In preparation for our move the Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities in 2025, we’re reorganising and reclassifying some parts of our collections. At the moment, these reorganisations are mainly happening in the Catalogue Stand and the Oversize section. E.g. What’s ‘oversize’ for the shelves here in the EFL, might not necessarily be ‘oversize’ for the new shelves in the new library!

While these sections are being reorganised, you may not find everything exactly where you’d expect to. If you’re struggling to find anything, don’t be afraid to ask a member of staff.

Library Display: Literature in Translation

Feel free to stop by the library and have a look at our latest display on Literature in Translation, curated by our very own Graduate Trainee, Leah Brown! This display follows a timeline of translations: from the Trojan War and its wide variety of classic and modern retellings, through to 21st Century writer Han Kang, whose Korean works have been translated into English and have resonated internationally.

Previous Display: LGBTQ+ History Month 2024, curated by Sophie Lay (Senior Library Assistant for Reader Services) in collaboration with the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign
Upcoming Display: Dambudzo Marechera, curated by Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Junior Research Fellow in African and Comparative Literature, St Anne’s College)

Opening Hours

From Monday 11th March, we’ll be transitioning back to our vacation opening hours. The EFL will be open:

OPENING HOURS
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

Library Closure

The English Faculty Library will be closed for the duration of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, from:

CLOSURE PERIOD
Friday 29th March – Monday 1st April (inclusive)

Vacation Loans

Vacation Loans have come into effect from Monday 4th March. This means that anything you borrow or renew on or after this date will be due for return in the first week of Trinity Term (starting 22nd April). These can then be renewed as per the usual Bodleian rules (unless they’ve been requested by another reader, or have been on loan for 112 days).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • ‘X’ (formerly known as Twitter): @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

Whatever you’re needing this spring vacation – whether that’s the quiet study space to knuckle down or just a peaceful break – we hope you find it. And if there’s anything that we can do to make your studies or your research easier, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Service Update: Hilary Term 2024

Introduction

Dear readers, we’re slowly making our way back to term-time Oxford! The students are back, the Missing Bean will soon be open, and the EFL is ready and waiting to support you in all your research needs. We’ve compiled this short blog post of service updates to keep you informed about changes in the library. Happy reading!

Opening Hours

Late nights and Saturdays are back! From Saturday 13th January we are open:

Monday – Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 10am-1pm

Vacation Loans

All books that were borrowed for a vacation loan will be due back on Tuesday 16th January. These can be renewed as per the usual Bodleian rules (if they haven’t been requested by another reader and have been out for less than 112 days).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

Hilary Term has a sneaky habit of racing by. If you find yourself getting caught up in the swell of the term, don’t panic. Your friendly library team are always around to help out – pop by and see us or get in contact via one of the methods above. We look forward to seeing you back in the library soon!

Service Update – Winter Vacation 23/24

Introduction

Congratulations on finishing the first term of the academic year! The vacation is upon us, and it’s once again a good time for hot drinks, hunkering down, and hibernating (or, y’know, hiding at home/in a quiet corner of the library and reading).

For those of you who are new to Oxford this year, you may notice a couple of seasonal changes in library operations throughout the year. We’ll always outline them in these service updates. So kick back, get cosy, and happy reading.

Opening Hours

We’re changing back to our vacation opening hours for the duration of the winter vacation. From Monday 4th December – Friday 12th January, the English Faculty Library will be open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday – except for the closed period (see below).

Closure Period

The English Faculty Library will be closed from Friday 22nd December – Monday 1st January (inclusive).

During this time, our phones and email inbox will not be monitored. You’re welcome to leave us email queries which we will endeavour to respond to promptly upon reopening on Tuesday 2nd January. No loans will be due for return during this period.

Vacation Loans

Books that are borrowed on or after Monday 27th November are automatically on loan for the whole vacation. These will all be due for return on Tuesday 16th January (excepting members whose cards expire before this date). Aside from this, all normal loan policies apply.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

We know you’re all busy, but we do hope you find some time to relax a little over the holidays. Take care of yourselves – we look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Service Update: Michaelmas Term 2023

Introduction

Grab your Keep Cup coffees, consult your reading lists, and water your carnations – it’s term-time and the library is here to help! We’re delighted to see the bustle back in the EFL, and our fully-stocked Library team is ready at hand to assist you in all your reading needs. To get your academic year off on the right foot, we’ve compiled the library updates into a quick read for your convenience.

Bodleian Inductions

For undergraduates who are new to the library service, the Bodleian Libraries are running multiple online induction sessions to help you get to grips with accessing library resources. These sessions will cover topics such as:

  • The structure of the Bodleian Libraries
  • How to find the books you need
  • How to use library WiFi, Computers, and Printing
  • Where to get help if you need it

Multiple sessions will be offered through the day from Wednesday 4th October to Friday 6th October. New undergraduate students should already have been sent a link directly, but if you’ve not received it, feel free to contact us at efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

English Faculty Library Tours

In addition to the central inductions, we’re also offering in-person library tours of the English Faculty Library. Each tour will last roughly 20 minutes, and will be led by a member of EFL staff. These will be offered throughout the day from Wednesday 4th October to Friday 6th October, every 30 minutes from 10am-11:30am and from 2pm-4:30pm.

These sessions are run on a drop-in basis – no booking required!

SOLO Changes

For our returning readers, you may have noticed that our catalogue SOLO has undergone a few changes over the summer, because we’ve updated our staff-facing library management software. There are a couple of noticeable differences, like a very generous new lending allowance and the importance of reserving books!

If you’d like any help navigating these changes, some guidance has been published on navigating SOLO changes. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask any member of our library team for help.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via:

  • Telephone: 01865 271050
  • Email: efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @EFLOxford

All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

With that, we hope you feel well equipped to face the new academic year. We wish you nothing but the best of luck, and we’ll always be around to help you along should you need us. Happy reading!


Stay up to date with developments at the English Faculty Library by following us on Twitter. Updates affecting the Bodleian Libraries as a whole will be published on the Service updates webpage. Any questions about library service updates can be addressed to efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Service Update: Long Vacation 2023

Introduction

As the sun finally comes out to herald the end of Trinity Term, congratulations to all our readers on making it through another busy exam period! We hope you all have a fun and restful summer break. We’ve also got some information to share for finalists, as well as upcoming changes that will affect long vac library service.

Finalists

Loans

If you’re completing your courses this year, please return items on loan before the end of term and prior to the expiration of your University card.

Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS)

If you’re leaving us this summer, do use up any remaining PCAS balance as it cannot be refunded. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email pcas@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you need assistance.

Becoming an Alum?

As an Oxford alum you can take advantage of a number of benefits, including free access to the Bodleian Libraries and certain eresources. Learn more at the link below!

Getting started: Alumni | Bodleian Libraries

Vacation Opening Hours

The library will move to vacation opening hours from 19th June, with a closed period of 14th-28th August inclusive. Opening hours during the vacation are:

Monday to Friday: 9:00-17:00

Vacation loans

Vacation loans for normal loans start on 12th June and 15th June for short loans.
Loans issued from these dates will be due back during the first week of Michaelmas Term, starting 9th October.

Change of Library Management System

During the summer, the Bodleian Libraries are moving to a new and improved library management system called ALMA, with a go-live date of 24th August. The project is a significant undertaking and there will be a transition period of a week, 16th August to 23rd August, where data is migrated between systems. A number of library services will be affected during this period as a result. Details are captured in the Message for our Readers notices displayed in the library’s reading rooms.

Lending Books

You will be able to borrow and return books. For one week, 16th-23rd August, online circulation will be replaced with offline circulation and the data transferred to the new system when live. The real time book availability displayed on SOLO will not be updated for these offline transactions but, on request, library staff can verify availability for readers travelling to the library for particular items. Self-issue machines will not operate between 16th-23rd August. Please note access to online resources, both on campus and remote access, will be unaffected.

Requesting books from closed stacks

Automated stack requesting from SOLO will not be available between 16th-23rd August and readers are advised to place stack requests for books and archives in advance by 15th August. Libraries will extend the due date so that nothing ordered in advance will be returned to the stacks during the cutover period. A limited staff-mediated option will be available to manage requests placed between 16th-23rd August, but readers are urged to place requests in advance where possible. If you require the use of the staff mediated stack requesting service, email book.fetch@bodleian.ox.ac.uk between 16th-23rd August.

Scan & Deliver, Print & Deliver and Inter-library Loans

These services will be unavailable from 16th-23rd August inclusive. Readers are advised to place requests by 15th August or wait until 24th August.

MySOLO

Saved searches and records in MySOLO will not migrate to the new system. Favourites can be exported until the 15th August. To export: log in to MySOLO, select ‘export’ and choose your mode of exporting (Excel, email, print, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero). There is no way to export saved searches. Readers who use those will need to set them up again once the new system goes live – apologies for any inconvenience caused. For more information see our reference management guide.


Stay up to date with developments at the English Faculty Library by following us on Twitter. Updates affecting the Bodleian Libraries as a whole will be published on the Service updates webpage. Any questions about library services updates can be addressed to efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Service Update: Easter Vacation 2023

Introduction

We’re creeping slowly closer to spring (though I know it might not feel like that just yet, what with the hints of snow). Well done everyone for making it to the end of Hilary Term! Make sure to take some well deserved respite over the vacation. We’ll be open for (most of) the vacation if you need anything at all from us. In the meantime, our latest updates and information can be found below.

We’re keeping it short and sweet this time – we know you’re all busy.

Vacation Opening Hours

The library will move to vacation opening hours from Monday 13th March. From this point, our opening hours will be Monday to Friday: 9:00-17:00. We will not be open on Saturdays.

Easter Closure

Please note: We will be closed for the Easter bank holidays: Friday 7th April – Monday 10th April.

Vacation Loans

Vacation loans are now in session! Anything that you borrow from now and over the vacation will be due for return in the first week of Trinity Term (which starts on the 23rd April). This means that you can crack on with your reading at home, without worrying about needing to return your books unexpectedly.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help with anything, our library staff will always be available during opening hours to speak with you.

You can also contact us via telephone, email, or twitter. All our details can be found on the English Faculty Library webpage.

Final Words

From all of us here at the EFL, we wish you a peaceful vacation.


Stay up to date with developments at the English Faculty Library by following us on Twitter. Updates affecting the Bodleian Libraries as a whole will be published on the Service updates webpage. Any questions about library service updates can be addressed to efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.