Christmas opening hours

The Bodleian Library (Old Library reading rooms only including Duke Humfrey) will close for the Christmas break at 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017.

The Radcliffe Camera (including the Gladstone Link*) will close at 7pm on Thursday 21 December 2017. These areas of the Bodleian will not open on Friday 22 December. *Please note the Gladstone Link closes at 6.15pm.

All parts of the Library will re-open to readers at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2017.

The last delivery of material from storage will arrive on the morning of Thursday 21 December. The deadline for placing requests for this last delivery is expected to be no later than 7.20pm on Wednesday 20 December.

It will be possible to request items via SOLO throughout the closed period. The first delivery of the New Year will arrive on Tuesday 2 January, and staff expect to clear any backlog of requests by Friday 5 January at the latest.

Have an enjoyable Christmas break everyone, we’re certainly looking forward to it!

Chapter downloads in ACLS Humanities ebooks now possible

Good news! ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) has announced that chapter downloads are now available in their ebooks collection. Previously you could only download page by page.

Please note that this new and welcome functionality currently only applies to HEB titles in page image format.  You can spot them if they have the following red book icon:

Once you’ve selected your chapter from the Table of Contents (ToC), just select Chapter PDF to download it.

Many HEB titles will, however, be in XML format, i.e. the text is encoded. Chapter download for HEB XML formatted ebooks is currently not possible though I am told that this will be looked at.

Also of interest:

  1. ACLS Humanities E-Book (subscription resource available to Oxford researchers)
  2. Knowing your EBL from your ebrary: guide to ebooks

Phone upgrade Tuesday 15 August 2017

The University’s new telephone service, Chorus, will be installed in the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link on the afternoon of Tuesday 15th August. This will involve changing handsets and will cause little disruption. Our main phone line may be offline for a short time in the afternoon.

If you receive no response from 01865(2)77262 please try 01865(2)77200 on the afternoon of Tuesday 15th August only. 

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

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!