Radcliffe Square – Pavement improvement works Long Vacation 2018

From Monday 9th July to Friday 31st August 2018, the section of pavement in Catte Street on the south east corner of the Radcliffe Camera will be widened in order to improve the route to the building for readers who require level access.

Access to the Radcliffe Camera via the South Gate will be maintained during the majority of the project and alternative access arrangements will be advertised in advance if required.

Some disruption and noise will unfortunately be inevitable and the work has therefore been scheduled during the Long Vacation. The work will take place between 07:30-16:30hrs and where possible, exceptionally noisy work will be undertaken before library opening hours. Alternative seating is available in the Gladstone Link or the Old Library and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by these essential improvement works.

Please contact us with any questions or feedback at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

How the new improved pavement should look once the project is complete – bicycles will of course still be welcome but please be considerate not to block the pavement!

Study tips for the Long Vacation

As students leave for their summer break, we thought it might be useful to give some tips on continuing your studies and research while away from Oxford.

From http://www.wildemedia.co.uk/blog/

1. Remote access: Using your SSO (Single Sign On) login, you can access all our ebook, ejournal and database subscriptions while away from Oxford.

Scans for courses (eSet Texts) are of course also still available on the HFL WebLearn site.

2. Using a university library near your home: Under the SCONUL Vacation Access scheme, you can use the university library near your home during that university’s vacation time. You won’t be able to borrow (just as students from other universities can’t borrow from Oxford), but you can use their printed collections. Access to databases will probably not be possible but it’s worth asking. You will need to prove you are a student at Oxford so make sure you have your University Card with you and possibly a letter from your tutor as a reference. The latter is always needed if you need to access archives. We strongly recommend that you check the library’s opening hours, admission rules, etc. in advance. Libraries often schedule building work in summer so save yourself a wasted trip by checking first!

3. Finding collections in other UK university and research libraries: search COPAC to locate collections in other UK libraries. It also includes the British Library. This is a really useful search tool. Depending on your subject, you may find specialist libraries (e.g. SOAS for Oriental, Asian and African history) particularly useful.


4. Entering the Ivory Tower: though often applied to Cambridge University Library, the British Library is infinitely more forbidding. However, staff are friendly and welcoming so I encourage students to consider using their fantastic collections. As well as being even bigger than the Bodleian, the BL has many excellent History databases which are not available in Oxford. Check out our blog post about using the BL, how to get a reader’s card and so on. The recommendation is to register early in the morning or take a(nother) book as queues can be long.

5. Remote support: We have quite a lot of online guides: guides for sources, help using RefWorks, and much more.

The HFL and RadCam will of course remain open throughout summer, excepting August Bank Holiday. Just get in touch if you need help. If you need specialist help on British & Western European history, please feel free to email the History Librarian, Isabel Holowaty. There are subject librarians for other areas also.

Have a really great summer and see you all back in October!


HFL open 9-5pm on Tues 18 to Thurs 20 July 2017

The Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link will be open from 9am-5pm only on Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th July inclusive. This is a change to our advertised opening hours – the Old Bodleian Library is open until 7pm as normal.

This is to facilitate the installation of new contactless card readers at the entrance/exit gates in the Bodleian Library as part of essential maintenance works. If work finishes ahead of schedule we will resume normal access arrangments/opening hours.

Access to the Camera and Gladstone Link will be via the main entrance to the Old Bodleian Library and the tunnel. From 9am to 4:45pm we aim to offer a normal service but there will be no access to collections after 5pm. Readers can take books and continue to work in the Old Bodleian Library until 7pm.

The card readers are the same style as the ones in the Weston Library (see image above) and we hope that they will be easier to use than the current swipe card readers. Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience the work may cause.

Changes to PCAS service now implemented

From Tuesday 6 September, please use your Bodleian Libraries username and password to use PCAS machines for printing, copying and scanning. This is the same password which is required to login to reading room PCs and Bodleian Libraries WiFi: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/passwords

What do I need to do?
Please ensure you know your old PCAS username and password so you can transfer any remaining balance from 6th September via our online portal: https://pcasportal.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

If you have forgotten your username please email pcas@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. for help. New users will automatically have an account set up for them.

The Libraries have replaced existing copiers with machines that offer a greener and more reliable service. Library staff will be on hand to answer any questions and offer assistance with the new machines. For full information please see our PCAS Development pages.

If you have any questions please come and speak to library staff, visit our PCAS Development pages or contact pcas@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Trinity term opening hours

Welcome back to another term! We hope you enjoyed your Easter holidays.

Library opening hours from Sunday 26 April 2015 will be as follows:

Mon-Fri 9:00 – 22:00
Sat 10:00 – 16:00
Sun 11:00 – 17:00

If you haven’t done so already, please remember to return or renew any books you borrowed over the vacation, which were due on Monday 28 April. Other people (especially those taking exams this term) may need them.

Coming soon! Additional shelving in Upper Gladstone Link

Additional book cases will be installed in the Upper Gladstone Link on Tuesday 8 July followed by a book move from Wednesday 9 to Tuesday 15 July.

There will be restricted access to the Gladstone Link via the Radcliffe Camera between 9am and 12noon on Tuesday 8 July. Access via the Old Library will be unaffected.

The new shelving units will increase capacity by approximately 65 meters, which will enable us to relieve shelving on the mobile Gladstone units and ease pressure on space in other areas of the collection. We are also able to increase the current space allocated to oversize items.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by any disruption and noise while this project is taking place.

Gladstone shelving

Gladstone shelving

New Bruynzeel shelving

New Bruynzeel shelving