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!
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 email@example.com
The Bodleian Library (Old Library reading rooms only including Duke Humfrey) will close for the Christmas break at 5pm on Friday 23 December 2016.
The Radcliffe Camera (including the Gladstone Link*) will close at 7pm on Thursday 22nd December 2016. These areas of the Bodleian will not open on Friday 23 December. *Please note the Gladstone Link closes at 6.15pm.
All parts of the Library will re-open to readers at 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
The last delivery of material from storage will arrive on the afternoon of Thursday 22 December. The deadline for placing requests for this last delivery is expected to be 10.30am that morning.
It will be possible to request items via SOLO throughout the closed period. The first delivery of the New Year will arrive on Tuesday 3 January, and staff expect to clear any backlog of requests by Friday 6 January at the latest.
Have an enjoyable Christmas break everyone, we’re certainly looking forward to it!
Vacation loans start today – borrow up to 15 books. This increases to 20 books on Thursday 1 December and will include short loans. Everything is due back on Monday 16 January.
We hope everyone has a restful and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! If you get fed up eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine (impossible though that sounds) don’t forget you can access many of our resources online. With your Single Sign On login, you can access all our ebook, ejournal and database subscriptions while away from Oxford.
Here’s the Bodleian tree all lit up for the final week of Term. Have a fantastic Christmas break everyone!
Unfortunately a laptop was recently stolen from a desk in the Upper Camera reading room. While this is not a common occurrence it 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.
Oxford researchers now have access to a trial of Digital Downloads from The National Archives (UK).
The National Archives (TNA) is the official archive of the UK Government and for England and Wales, collecting documents dating back over 1,000 years. Digital Downloads provides full access to TNA’s digitised collection of millions of historical records relevant for medieval to modern history. Apparently 5% of the TNA records have been digitised so far, with more being added.
The collections are very strong in military and naval history (e.g. service records), wills from 1384-1858, and migration history (e.g. alien’s registration cards 1918-1957).
Currently accessible collections include:
Aliens’ registration cards 1918-1957
British Army medal index cards 1914-1920
British Army nurses’ service records 1914-1918
British Army war diaries 1914-1922
Country court death duty registers 1796-1811
Durham Home Guard 1939-1945
Famous wills 1552-1854
French muster rolls from the Battle of Trafalgar 1805
Household Cavalry soldiers’ service records 1799-1920
Irish maps c1558-c1610
Logs and journals of ships of exploration 1757-1904
Looted art 1939-1961
Merchant seamen’s campaign medal records 1914-1918
Merchant seamen’s campaign medal records 1939-1945
Merchant shipping movement cards 1939-1945
Middlesex military service appeal tribunal 1916-1918
Naturalisation case papers 1801-1871
Prisoner of war interview reports 1914-1918
Recommendations for military honours and awards 1935-1990
Royal Air Force combat reports 1939-1945
Royal Air Force officers’ service records 1918-1919
Royal Air Force operations record books 1939-1945
Royal Flying Corps airmen
Royal Marines’ service records 1842-1925
Royal Naval Air Service officers
Royal Naval Air Service officers’ service records 1906-1918
Royal Naval Air Service ratings
Royal Naval Division service records 1914-1919
Royal Naval Reserve officers’ service records 1862-1964
Royal Naval Reserve personnel
Royal Naval Reserve service records 1860-1955
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve service records 1903-1922
Royal Navy officers’ service record cards and files c1840-c1920
Royal Navy officers’ service records 1756-1931
Royal Navy ratings’ service records 1853-1928
Royal Navy unpaid pensions 1830-1860: claims by next of kin
Sir Anthony Eden’s private office papers 1935-1946
Victoria Cross registers 1856-1944
Victorian prisoners’ photograph albums 1872-1873
Wills of Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel 1786-1882
Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps service records 1917-1920
Women’s Royal Air Force service records 1918-1920
Women’s Royal Naval Service personnel
Collections which will display on the site but which will not be accessible to anybody who does not have Ancestry.com or findmypast accounts, include:
Alien entry books
British Army and militia 1760-1915
Crime, prisons and punishment 1770-1935
First World War soldiers’ service and pension records