The History of Medicine Library is closed with immediate effect

Following guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England, The Bodleian Libraries will be closed until further notice. The health, welfare and safety of readers and staff is our number one priority. This policy will also apply to the History of Medicine Library, again until further notice.

Please do check the Bodleian webpage ( ) and Bodleian Twitter ( ) for the latest information.

Though the Bodleian’s scan-and-deliver service will now apply (where possible, and within copyright limits) to open-shelf books, this will not be possible for books held only in the History of Medicine Library, as both Bethan and George will have either to work from home or work at the Central site as appropriate. You will still be able to access green electronic resources via SOLO, using your Single Sign-On login; more information and any updates or changes to e-resources will be posted at

Some of our e-resources providers will be extending provision and number of logins to cope with these unprecedented times. At the moment, however, we do not anticipate any possibility of making Electronic Legal Deposit items (by law, only available on Bodleian Libraries computers) available elsewhere, for which we apologise. If this changes, updates will be put on the online resources page.

There is now a COVID-19 tab on the ebooks libguide, which will contain more up-to-the-minute changes to provision:

We will be monitoring the Library inbox of course, so if you have any questions you can contact us either at or direct to and we will help where and when we can.

Please do what you are able to stay safe! Take care out there.

Bethan and George