Returning to our Reading Rooms: A Guide

From Monday 17th August, the Rad Cam will open its gates to readers once again for pre-booked reading room slots! If you haven’t done so already, you can reserve a slot up to 2 weeks in advance on our booking page. As well as desks in Upper and Lower Camera, we have a height-adjustable desk and Reader PCs available to book.

As you might expect, we have some new procedures and adjustments to help
keep you safe in the library, so here’s a guide to what to expect on your visit:

1. Please remember to bring your seat booking confirmation email, and most importantly your University/Reader card with you. As the Admissions office is currently not issuing Day Passes, we won’t be able to let you in without your card.

2. You will be asked to wear a face covering in the library, including at your desk, and unless exempt (see below*) staff will ask you to come back with a face covering if you arrive without one. We are following University guidance that wearing a face covering can aid alongside hand hygiene and social distancing in helping to keep us all safe in university buildings.

*Some readers will be exempt from wearing a face covering under government regulations, and this need for exemption may not be obvious.
Please be mindful of this if you see someone without a face covering in the library.
If this exemption applies to you, we can provide a sign to show at your desk if you would like to indicate that you’re exempt in this way, although this is completely optional.

3. You may need to queue on the path outside when you arrive at the library. Keep a distance of 2 metres between you and other readers when queuing, and for the duration of your visit.

4. When you arrive, show your booking confirmation to the member of staff at Reception, and they will give you your assigned desk number and directions to your seat. To help with distancing, most seats will not be in use; these will be indicated by a sign with a red cross. Staff will also be wearing face coverings subject to the procedure above, and we have installed protective screens at staff desks.

5. As well as hand sanitiser at the library entrance, we also have convenient sanitiser stations throughout the library. Please make regular use of these during your visit!

6. Want to find some books? As some spaces in our building are quite snug, please be cautious and considerate of other readers when browsing the shelves, ensuring a 2 metre distance. In Lower and Upper Camera, enter each bay on the right-hand side to reach the shelves, as there will be no reader desks in use on this side.

7. Want to borrow a HFL book? Due to the Bodleian’s membership of the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, which allows for access to selected ebooks during this period, we currently have license restrictions on the books we are allowed to loan. Please bring any books you wish to borrow to the issue desk, and staff will check whether they are loanable. Alternatively, you can use our Click & Collect service to order books from home; please note that this process can take 2-3 working days before books are ready for collection.

8. And finally, welcome back! If you have any questions in advance of your visit, you can email us at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, and if you’re unsure of anything in the library just ask a member of staff and we’ll be happy to help.

(Photos credit: George Kiddy & Gareth Evans)

 

 

Click and Collect at HFL

We’re very pleased to announce that your favourite History Faculty Library loan books are now available to borrow through the Bodleian’s Click & Collect Service!

Click & Collect is an emergency interim service designed to enable borrowing from selected Bodleian Libraries. The service will initially be offered by us, the Sackler Library, and the Social Science Library, and other libraries will introduce the service on a phased basis.

University members will be able to place requests on SOLO for items which would usually be available to borrow. Once logged in to SOLO, just look for the green button next to eligible books. Library staff will fetch the requests and once the items are ready for collection, borrowers will be emailed to invite them to select a date and time to collect the items. The safety of staff and readers is paramount in the design of the service; limitations will apply on which libraries are able to participate and when.

For full details see https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/clickandcollect

If you have any problems when placing a request, or any queries about the collection process, please give us an email at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Spring Vacation Loans 2020

Our loan arrangements for the approaching vacation will be as follows:

  • Vacation loans will begin on Monday of 8th week (9th March) for standard loan books. Short loan books remain 2-day loans, until…
  • Thursday 12th March. Short loans become borrowable for the vacation, and you gain a 5 book bonus to your loan limit, so you can borrow 20 books in total.
  • Everything you borrow from us from this date onwards will be due on Monday of 1st week in Trinity Term (27th April)

If you have any queries at all about your loans, do get in touch with us at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Happy vacation reading!

 

 

Vacation Loans start Monday!

Just a quick notification that winter vacation loans start on Monday 2nd December – borrow up to 15 books. Your limit increases to 20 books on Thursday 5th December and will include Short Loans. Everything will be due back on Monday 20th January (1st Week).

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you decide you’d like to combine your mince pies with some festive reading, you can access access many of our resources electronically. Use your Single Sign On to make use of a range of ebookejournal and database subscriptions while away from Oxford.

Portable DVD drives available for loan!

In response to reader feedback, we’re pleased to announce that we now have two portable DVD drives available for loan. History students may be particularly interested in using these to consult items from the HFL DVD collection. The devices are quick and easy to use, compatible with most operating systems, and can be issued for two days (plus one online renewal). Please let us know if you have any feedback – we’re always looking to improve access to our collections.

Bank Holiday: library closed 25-27 August

Please note, all reading rooms in the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera (including the Gladstone Link) will be closed from Saturday 25 August to Monday 27 August inclusive. If you find you’re missing us (or our resources), why not access our collections remotely? Remember to use your SSO (Single Sign-On).

Wishing you a happy Bank Holiday weekend!

Vacation Loans Reminder!

Please note, due to the introduction of a new History of the British Isles assessment for 2nd year History undergraduates vacation loans will commence on Wednesday 20th June. This is 9th week. Please also be aware that from Thursday 14th June onwards (8th week) all standard loans will have a due date of Thursday 21st June. Thank you!

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.