Reclassification Update 26 September

The reclassification team have now reclassified books with old style shelfmarks from K000 to K744.  Reclassified books have been placed in the Library of Congress Classification sections and are available for use by readers.  They will continue to reclassify from K744 onwards today (Wednesday).

Please ask library staff for assistance if you are unable to locate the books you require.

Related Links: Reclassification project | Contact us | Missing book form

Reclassification Update 24 September 2012

The reclassification team have now reclassified books with old style shelfmarks from K000 to K703.  Reclassified books have been placed in the Library of Congress Classification sections and are available for use by readers.  They will continue to reclassify from K703 onwards tomorrow (Tuesday).

Please ask library staff for assistance if you are unable to locate the books you require.

Related Links: Reclassification project | Contact us | Missing book form

Reclassification Update 21 September 2012

The reclassification team have now reclassified books with old style shelfmarks from K000 to K606.  Reclassified books have been placed in the Library of Congress Classification sections and are available for use by readers.  They will continue to reclassify from K606 onwards on Monday.

Please ask library staff for assistance if you are unable to locate the books you require.

Related Links: Reclassification project | Contact us | Missing book form

HFL books on the move

HFL books being reclassified

The History Faculty Library books are on the move again.  A team of reclassification staff have started to move books that are already in the Library of Congress Classification into their final positions.  This means that books with shelfmarks A to DA175 are now in the Lower Radcliffe Camera, as are oversize books from A to N.  These books can be browsed, used in the library and also borrowed by University members.

The books are still showing as being held in the Gladstone Link rather than the Lower Camera on the SOLO library catalogue, but this should be updated by Monday (17 September).

Further work until 12 October

More material will be moved during the project, which is due to finish on 12 October.  Further details of areas being worked on will be posted on this blog next week.

If you are unable to access an area of books because they are being worked on by reclassifying staff, please search for an alternative copy using the SOLO library catalogue. If you cannot find an alternative copy, please ask library staff at the Lower Camera Reserve Desk for assistance.

Ask library staff for help

If you need any help locating material, please ask library staff at the Lower Camera Reserve Desk for assistance, alternatively call 01865 277262 or email library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Related links: Report a missing book | Contact Us | Locate the Library | Reclassification project

Reclassification of HFL books starts next week

The reclassification of Bodleian History Faculty material with old style shelfmarks will begin next week (from 12 September onwards). A team of reclassifying staff will work through the HFL collections to create a single sequence of books in Library of Congress Classification (LCC).  The books will run from A-Z in the LCC system, beginning in the Lower Radcliffe Camera and continuing down into both levels of the Gladstone Link.  The main project work is due to be completed by the end of week 1 of Michaelmas Term (12  October 2012).

Can I still borrow and access books?

The collection will still be available to consult and Oxford University members will still be able to borrow and return books.  However, sections of the collection will be inaccessible for short periods of time while the team are working on reclassifying and moving the books into their final locations.  We will be posting regular updates on this blog about which areas are being worked on.

Who can I ask for help?

HFL library staff are available to assist you in locating material or arranging access to alternative copies.  You can contact us by phone on 01865 277262, email at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or in person at the Lower Camera Reserve Desk.

What do LC Classmarks look like?

Many will already be familiar with LC classmarks from the Social Science Library, the Radcliffe Science Library or the Vere Harmsworth Library. There are two main elements: Class number and Item number.

The Class number element describes the main subject of a book e.g. History/Philosophy/etc. As well as class and/or sub-class it may also contain a topical or form Cutter number, which can identify, for example, a place or person under discussion.

The Item number element consists of a Cutter number for the main entry – Oxford uses the first three letters of the author’s surname or the title in the case of edited works. Dates of publication are added to achieve a further level of division

Example:

Bernard G.W., The Power of the Early Tudor Nobility (1985)

Shelfmark: HT653.G7 BER 1985

HT653.G7 = class number

BER 1985 = item number

Related Links

Contact us | Locate the library | HFL LCC webpage

HFL books can now be borrowed

The Bodleian History Faculty Library’s books are now located in the Gladstone BeFunky_polariodradcamLink.

 

Our books are now available to be borrowed from the Lower Camera Reserve Desk in the Radcliffe Camera.

When can I borrow?

Books can be borrowed from Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00.  These reduced hours are a temporary measure and times will be extended from October. Books can be used in the Library at other times.

The Radcliffe Camera is open Monday to Friday 9.00-19.00 and Saturday 10.00-16.00.  This means that during September books can only be used in the Library usde for reference use only in weekday evenings 17.00-19.00 and on Saturday. Borrowing times will increase in October.  Remember that the Gladstone Link closes half an hour before the Camera (currently 18.30 on weekdays and 3.30 on Saturdays).

What can I borrow?

HFL books in the Gladstone Link and Lower Radcliffe Camera can be borrowed.  However, the Set Text collection in the Upper Camera and Local History collection in the Gladstone Link are for reference use only at all times.

Where can I borrow and return books?

You can borrow HFL material from the Lower Camera Reserve Desk in the Radcliffe Camera.  Books can be returned in the book return box next to the desk. Staff will be emptying this box regularly.

Who can borrow?

Borrowing is available to current University members who have registered as HFL borrowers.  You can register at the Lower Camera Reserve Desk.  All other Bodleian Library readers can use the books in the Library only.

How many books can I borrow?

We are still issuing vacation loans, so readers can borrow up to 40 items at a time.  Vacation loans are due back on Monday 1st October.

Here to help

If you have any questions about accessing the library our using our materials then please contact us by phone on 01865 277262, email at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or in person in the Radcliffe Camera.

Related Links

HFL move webpage | Contact us | Locate the Library | Search for HFL books on SOLO

4 days until borrowing starts

HFL book return box

Borrowing begins on Monday 3 September

HFL books will be available to borrow from Monday 3 September from the Lower Camera Desk in the Radcliffe Camera.  Our books are currently on both levels of the Gladstone Link and can be used in the library only until Monday.  Only current members of Oxford University who have registered as Bodleian History Faculty Library members will be able to borrow books.  You can register as a HFL member at the Lower Camera Desk from Monday 3 September.  All other library users can continue to consult our books on a reference only basis.

Returning books to the Radcliffe Camera

If you borrowed books before the HFL moved and would like to return them, please put them gently in the Book Return Box in the Lower Radcliffe Camera.  Library staff will be emptying the box regularly.

Opening hours

The Radcliffe Camera’s opening hours are:

  • Monday to Friday – 9am to 7pm
  • Saturday – 10am to 4pm

The Gladstone Link is closed half an hour before the Camera (6.30pm in the week or 3.30pm on a Saturday).

HFL notice board in the Lower Radcliffe Camera

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone on 01865 2772625, email at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or in person in the Radcliffe Camera.

Related Links

HFL move information page | Contact us | Locate the library

Return your books to our new box

The HFL collections are now located in the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link in the central Bodleian site.

Returning books
If you have borrowed books before our move and would like to return them, please put them gently into our new book return box.  The box is situated in the Lower Radcliffe Camera, in between the entrance to the Gladstone Link and the Lower Camera Reserve Desk.

book return box

Library staff will be emptying the box regularly.

Borrowing books from 3 September
Borrowing of books from the Radcliffe Camera Lower Desk will begin again on Monday 3 September. Until then our books can be used in the Bodleian Library site – the Old Library, Gladstone Link and Lower Camera. They can also be photographed, copied and scanned (within copyright limit).

Radcliffe Camera closures
The whole Radcliffe Camera will be closed on Tuesday 28 August while HFL staff move in.  The Upper Camera will be closed from 20 August to 29 September inclusive.  A staff mediated fetching service is in place for the books housed in the Upper Radcliffe Camera, including the HFL set texts.

Related links: HFL move webpage | Upper Camera closure notice

HFL move update: books are on the move

Following our closure on Friday last week to allow for the Library’s move, library staff and book movers have been working hard to transfer the History Faculty Library’s collections from the Old Indian Institute Building to the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link on the central Bodleian site.

Here are some pictures of our progress so far:

The West Room and West Gallery are empty…

The West Room and Gallery

…and our material is in the Gladstone Link.  Most of  the books that have been moved over are on shelves, but some are still being unpacked from their crates.

In the Gladstone Link

Collections available again from Monday 20th August

HFL material will be available again for reference use from Monday 20th August and borrowing of material begins on Monday 3rd September.

Contact us if you need help accessing material

If you urgently require access to HFL material, please contact us. You can also contact the Bodleian Just-in-Time team to help you locate an alternative copy of a book by emailing moves@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Related Links: HFL move webpage | Contact us

HFL move Library closing today 5.30pm for move to Radcliffe Camera

The History Faculty Library will close today at 5.30pm for the move of collections and staff to the Radcliffe Camera.  Readers are warmly invited to join us from 4pm for drinks, chats and old HFL stories.

Access & book moves

  • HFL book move will be 6-17 August.
  • In the first instance, HFL books will be available in the new location for reference use only until 1 September 2012.
  • HFL staff will relocate on 28 August and will be unavailable for enquiries on that day.
  • Lending will resume on 3 Sept and will be operating from the Lower Camera Desk.

Where should I return HFL books to?

Readers wishing to return books before 17 August, should do so at our current location, Old Indian Institute Building, Broad Street, where a book drop service will be provided. Books returned after 17 August should be taken to the Lower Camera desk. Check out the locations page on our website if you are unsure.

Can I contact the HFL during this time?

Yes, absolutely. Throughout this time you can contact HFL staff (e: library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk; t: (0)1865 277262 ) if you have any questions, problems or urgent requirements.  We can help you bridge this period of disruption.  The Just-in-Time team can also be directly contacted by readers who require urgent access to alternative copies of HFL material.