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. 

HFL open 9-5pm on Tues 18 to Thurs 20 July 2017

The Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link will be open from 9am-5pm only on Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th July inclusive. This is a change to our advertised opening hours – the Old Bodleian Library is open until 7pm as normal.

This is to facilitate the installation of new contactless card readers at the entrance/exit gates in the Bodleian Library as part of essential maintenance works. If work finishes ahead of schedule we will resume normal access arrangments/opening hours.

Access to the Camera and Gladstone Link will be via the main entrance to the Old Bodleian Library and the tunnel. From 9am to 4:45pm we aim to offer a normal service but there will be no access to collections after 5pm. Readers can take books and continue to work in the Old Bodleian Library until 7pm.

The card readers are the same style as the ones in the Weston Library (see image above) and we hope that they will be easier to use than the current swipe card readers. Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience the work may cause.

Who’s who of Humanities Subject Librarians

Can’t remember which Oxford librarian covers Celtic? Wondering about Women’s Studies, Palaeography or History of the Book? And who provides research support for which East European country? The Humanities Libraries’ LibGuide (http://ox.libguides.com/humanities) will tell you.

Bodleian Humanities Libraries serves the largest concentration of Humanities scholars in the world with a wide range of academic interests. At a single glance, researchers, locally or from abroad, can find information on the extensive collections and research support available in Oxford – and who to ask for further advice.

The site provides links to subject guides for 43 individual Humanities subjects, ranging from African Studies to Women’s Studies. These subject guides outline what printed, archival and electronic resources are available to researchers and how they can be accessed. You can also use the LibGuide to find the contact details of any one of our 37 subject specialists.

To assist in the use of the libraries, collections and services, the site also provides links to guidance and research support in areas such as Open Access, Digital Scholarship, Research Data Management, etc. Over time, more information regarding Digital Humanities endeavours will be added.

James Legg, Head of Bodleian Humanities Libraries, Sackler Librarian, Taylor Librarian

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!

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

Term time opening begins this Sunday

Welcome back to a new term everyone. We’re looking forward to a productive Hilary Term 2017.

Term time opening hours resume this Sunday 15th January 11am until 5pm. From Monday 16th January we will be open:

Monday – Friday, 9am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Remember, library staff are here to help so get in touch via email, phone 01865 277262 or in person in the library.

Welcome back to a new round of borrowing!

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Christmas break as much as we did and are feeling ready for a new year. We’ve no doubt everyone is eager to return to the library and get borrowing!

From today, Monday 9th January, we resume term time borrowing limits:

  • Undergraduates and visiting students: 7 days (up to 15 items)
  • Research loans : 28 days (up to 15 items)
  • Short loans: 2 days

Vacation loans are due back next Monday 16th January so don’t forget to check under the bed for all those extra holiday books you had on loan. We look forward to seeing you all in the library soon.

Christmas opening times 2016/17

christmas-bow 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.holly

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

Vacation loans & Season’s Greetings!

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! bodleian-christmas-tree-2016