Summer Vacation Loans

With the end of Trinity Term fast approaching, readers are advised that vacation borrowing for the summer will commence on Wednesday 22nd June. Please note, this is 9th week, due to the History of the British Isles assessment for 2nd year History undergraduates. From this date onwards, HFL borrowing limits will increase to 30 items (short loans inclusive), with a due date of Monday 10th October. Wishing you all the best of luck in the coming weeks!

History of the British Isles Assessment

For those of you about to undertake the History of the British Isles assessment, please note that library staff will be ready and willing to offer assistance during the next few weeks. Don’t hesitate to approach us if you need help locating resources..

Contact us at with any further questions. Most importantly, good luck!

New online request service for Archives and Manuscripts is now live

Our wonderful colleagues in the Weston Library have launched their new online request service for archives and manuscripts. This should help readers with a more flexible and efficient way of ordering, e.g. from the comfort of your sofa or ordering in advance of a research trip.

Bodleian Archives and Manuscripts Requests makes it easier for both readers and staff to order material for consultation in the Reading Rooms. You can make request directly from one of our online catalogues, e.g.,, Just look out for the ‘Request’ button on the record. You can also track your orders and access your full order history in your account.

Screenshot of BodlIbs Archives & MSS catalogue

Once you have found your item(s), click on the Request button to order it to the reading room.

You must register!

For more information see our Special Collections webpages or register for the new service at If you created an account while the system was being tested, this will still be valid so there is no need to create a new one. Even if you are already a registered Bodleian Libraries reader or have a University card, you will need to register separately for this service.

Please note, at the moment, some material cannot be ordered via the new service (where this is the case, it will be stated in the catalogue record). For further information on which collections can be ordered see

If you have any questions about the new system, please contact the project manager

Wolfson History Prize shortlist 2022

Logo of the Wolfson History PrizeYesterday the shortlist of the Wolfson History Prize was announced. It is a special year as the prize celebrates its 50th year. Starting in 1972, the prize aims to reflect “qualities of both readability for a general audience and excellence in writing and research”. As such, the books should also be easily readable to the non-specialist.

We have gone through the shortlist and provided you with shortcuts to easily find a copy in Bodleian Libraries.

This year’s exciting shortlist again features some wideranging topics: from medieval religious life, a micro-history of witch-hunting in 17th century Massachusetts, the European perception of 17th century England (Devil-Land gives a clue!) all the way to a broadsweeping retelling of 700 years of Ottoman Empire history, the origins of our oldest religions and the significance of statues in history and modern life.

You can read the comments of judges and learn more about the authors on the Wolfson History Prize announcement of 21 April 2022.

Cover of the bookMarc David Baer

The Ottomans : Khans, Caesars and Caliphs. (London, Basic Books, 2021). Find this in SOLO. Read more about this book.


Cover of the bookMalcolm Gaskill

The Ruin of All Witches : Life and Death in the New World. (London, Allan Lane, 2021). Find this in SOLO. Read more about this book.


Cover of the bookClare Jackson

Devil-land : England under Siege, 1588-1688. (London, Allan Lane, 2021). Find this in SOLO. Read more about this book.


Cover of the bookNicholas Orme

Going to Church in Medieval England. (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2021). Find this in SOLO. Read more about this book.


Cover of the bookFrancesca Stavrakopoulou

God : An Anatomy. (London, Picador, 2021). Find this in SOLO. Read more about this book.


Cover of the bookAlex Von Tunzelmann

Fallen Idols : Twelve Statues That Made History. (London, Headline, 2021). Find this in SOLO. Read more about this book.


Congratulations go to all authors in the shortlist. The topics all look fascinating. So, who do you think will win? Very difficult to pick. Look out for the announcement of the winner on 22 June 2022.

Trial until 7 May: Afghan Serials Collection

Logo of EastViewThe Bodleian Libraries are running a trial of The Afghan Serials Collection: Partisan Publications from the Wahdat Library.

This resource is an essential collection of partisan serials from the most comprehensive private collection of rare newspapers and journals from Afghanistan. The Afghan Serials Collection includes over 45 newspapers and journals published in, largely, Persian, Pushto, and Arabic, but also some in Urdu and English from the early 1970s to the late 1990s—a critical period for the history of Afghanistan.

Screenshot of the list of newspaper included in this resource.

Documenting the breadth of Afghanistan’s political epochs, the Afghan Serials Collection: Partisan Publications from the Wahdat Library covers the use of the press by many groups that sought to shape Afghanistan’s social and intellectual landscape during this turbulent time. Various ideologies are represented in these publications, published by opposing factions from the Taliban to anti-Taliban groups, to anti-Soviet jihadi and mujaheddin groups to the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan.

Please send any feedback on the trial to Lydia Wright and Emma Mathieson.

The trial ends on 7 May 2022.

Easter Vacation Loans 2022

As we enter the final week of Hilary Term, our Easter vacation borrowing begins today on standard loan items. Items can be taken out throughout the vacation with a due date of Monday 25th April in week one of Trinity Term. Loan limits will increase on Thursday 20th March to allow for 20 items to be taken out over this period and short loans can also be borrowed from Thursday as vacation loans. We hope you have a lovely break.

Women’s History Month 2022

To mark Women’s History Month, from 1st March – 31st March, we have created a display from our collections which focuses on women in health care across different geographic areas and time periods.

As well as the books on our display we also have a variety of e-books available which explore women’s history in health care. Click on the book covers below to access the SOLO record. You will need to sign into SOLO, using your Single Sign On, in order to read these books.

Find out more about events happening in Oxford which celebrate women here.

LGBT+ History Month 2022

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month we have created a display using a range of books from our collections which explore LGBT+ History across a wide range of time periods and geographical locations.

As well as physical books we also have a selection of e-books focusing on LGBT+ History. The following e-books are available online for Oxford University members to read remotely – just make sure you sign into SOLO with your ‘Single Sign On’ first. Click on the book cover below to access the SOLO record.

Find out more about the variety of online and in-person LGBT+ History Month events happening in Oxford here.