Camera & GLadstone Link returned to normal opening – open until 7pm

The installation of new contactless card readers at the entrance/exit gates of the Radcliffe Camera has been completed ahead of schedule and we have now resumed normal opening. The Camera front door is in operation again and we will not be closing at 5pm as previously advertised but will remain open until 7pm.

*The Camera and the Gladstone Link will be open until 7pm today.*

The card readers are the same style as those in the Weston Library and we hope they are easier to use than the former swipe card readers. Thank you for your patience and apologies for the inconvenience caused by the work.

 

Encaenia reduced hours reminder

Readers are reminded that the library will open at 2pm tomorrow, Wednesday 21st June 2017. On this day of Encaenia the Bodleian site will be subject to reduced opening hours as follows:

Old Bodleian Library: 2pm – 7pm
Radcliffe Camera: 2pm – 7pm

Readers are also advised that, as per usual, the Gladstone Link will close 45 minutes prior to reading rooms

Study tips for the Long Vac

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.

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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.

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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 reference management software, 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!

Term Hours & £5 notes

Welcome back everyone!

A reminder that as of 5th May the old paper £5 notes will no longer be accepted. From that date the library will only take the new polymer £5 notes as payment through the till. More information can be found on this poster.

Our Trinity Term opening hours are as follows:

Mon-Fri 9:00-22:00

Saturday 10:00-16:00

Sunday 11:00-17:00

We hope you had a great Easter Vac. We look forward to seeing you again and wish you well with your studies and your exams.

Easter closure 2017

The library will be closed over the Easter weekend from Friday 14 April to Sunday 16 April 2017 inclusive. We will be open on Monday 17 April from 9am-5pm. There will be no book delivery service on Monday.

We return to normal Vacation opening hours (9am-7pm) and delivery service on Tuesday 18 April. We return to Term opening hours on Sunday 23 April 2017.

Don’t forget you can access many of our eResources off-campus via SOLO using your SSO to log in.

Happy Easter everyone!

Laptop Security

Unfortunately there has been another incident of laptop theft within the library. A MacBook Pro was stolen yesterday from the central computer area in Lower Camera. A similar incident occurred in November 2016. This is a sad reminder that theft does happen within the library. To minimise risk to your property and your research please take the following steps:

  • Lock your laptop to the desk handles with a Laptop cable lock.
  • Take your laptop with you even if you only move away for 15 minutes.
  • Install a free “Find My laptop Device” such as Prey, or enable the “Find my … ” on Apple devices.
  • Back up your work to the cloud or an external hard drive.

University Security and Thames Valley Police have been informed of this incident. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to keep belongings close and if you do notice anything odd or are concerned someone may be taking something that isn’t theirs please report it to library staff.

Vacation opening hours start today

We’re now into Vacation opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 09:00-19:00

Saturday: 10:00-16:00

Sunday: Closed

We’re closed for Easter on Friday 14 April – Sunday 16 April but will be *open* on Easter Monday, 17 April.

Have a great Easter break everyone, we look forward to seeing you next Term!

LGBT History Month 2017

February is LGBT History Month and we’re joining colleagues across the University in celebrating! Although we’re nearing the end of the month there are still lots of interesting things happening in Oxford and the University so have a look at the LGBTHM17 website for talks and events. We’ve put together a small display in the Gladstone Link of relevant books from our collections so get browsing!

You Said – We Did!

In response to comments from the Bodleian Libraries Reader Survey 2016 here are some of the things we have done based on your feedback. We welcome suggestions or comments at any time of the year so if you have something to tell us, write it in our comments book kept in Lower Camera or email us at radcam-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk You said-We did Reader Survey poster Jan 2017