Category Archives: Services

SOLO maintenance: 8-11 April

This is an advance warning that SOLO will be undergoing essential maintenance from 5pm Friday 8th April to 9am Monday 11th April.  It will still be available but will have limited functionality:

  • Find & Request tab (location information) will not display.
  • Viewing and renewing loans will not be possible.
  • Placing requests will not be possible.
  • Self-issue machines in libraries will not work though staff can still issue books and accept returned books over the counter.

Access to e-resources will be unaffected; readers will still be able to view ebooks and online journal articles.

To find shelfmarks during this period of limited functionality use COPAC. Note that COPAC will not be able indicate whether the book is out on loan.

These limitations are the result of major maintenance work on associated systems. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. Our advice is to plan ahead and to place requests in advance.

Power outage affecting services 15th-18th May

[reblog from the Bodleian History Faculty Library blog]

A scheduled power outage over the weekend will affect some library servers and services between 12pm on Friday 15th May and 12pm on Monday 18th May.

The list of services that will be affected for the duration of the outage includes:

Digitized books from the Oxford Google Books Project; Maps and Music digitized card catalogues; ORA; Imaging Services; BEAM; Electronic Enlightenment; BDLSS Blogs; Whats The Score; Serica (Early Chinese Books)

In addition, it will not be possible to use sunray computer terminals in the library.

Other resources/services may be affected but SOLO will not be affected.

Please speak to staff in the library if you need any assistance during this period.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Contact us by email for support and appointments

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200Our email address, is working again after a brief period of downtime earlier this week.

Making appointments

You can book an appointment to visit the Library by emailing us.

Research support

You can also email us for assistance finding material in our Library and in other libraries in Oxford.  The Bodleian Libraries have a rich collection of primary and secondary sources in the history of medicine and science. For more information on the collections you can read our online guide to sources.  You can also find out more about the collections in the Wellcome Unit Library on our website.

new booksOther online tools

We bookmark free online resources for the history of science and medicine on Delicious.

You can see our latest acquisitions on LibraryThing.

Wellcome Unit Library email address not working

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Apologies, our main email address, is currently not working! 

If you would like to contact us with a query or to make an appointment, please email library staff directly at and

We hope to have our email address working again as soon as possible and are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Note: 26 September 2013 – our email address is working again.

Problems with Wellcome Unit Library email – now fixed

Apologies, library staff are currently unable to access the the Library’s email inbox (  If you have any urgent queries please contact us via the Bodleian History Faculty Library on 01865 277262.

This week the Library will be staffed Wednesday 2.15-4.30pm and Thursday 25 July 2.15-5.00pm.  If you would like to make an appointment to visit the Library please contact us via the Bodleian History Faculty Library on 01865 277262.

IT staff are currently working to resolve this problem and we hope it will be functioning again quickly.

NOTE: This problem was resolved on Tuesday 23 July. Email is fully functional again.

Summer opening hours and new website

Shorter staffed opening hours this summer
This summer the Wellcome Unit Library will have limited staffed hours.  This week the library will be staffed on Tuesday afternoon 2.15-5pm only.  Staffed hours in the rest of July and August will be shorter than normal and times will vary.  Please do contact the library if you would like to arrange a visit.

But you can still contact us
Even though the library will have briefer opening hours, you can still contact us by email via or call us on 01865 274604 during our staff hours.

The current website is going to get a new look

The current website is going to get a new look

When the library is unstaffed you can contact us by phone via the Bodleian History Faculty Library on 01865 277262.

New website coming soon
This summer we are also working to improve our website and a new-look website should launch in the coming weeks.  While we work to improve the website there may be some disruption to the layout of pages.  Please do contact us if you have questions about visiting the Library or what is held in our collections.

Related Links
Contact Us | Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Library Website | Bodleian History Faculty Library website

New member of staff in the Library

This week we welcome Laura as a temporary library assistant in the Wellcome Unit Library.  She will be working some of the staffed afternoons in the Library.

Laura is the Bodleian History Faculty Library Graduate Trainee for 2012-13 and so is well trained in and knowledgeable about the Bodleian Libraries system and services and libraries in Oxford. As well as her library skills, Laura also has also recently gained a PhD in History from King’s College London.

Using the Library
If you would like to visit the Wellcome Unit Library, please contact us to arrange an appointment.  The Library is due to be staffed at the following times over the coming 2 weeks:

  • Monday 1 July 2.15-4.30
  • Tuesday 2 July 2.15-5
  • Wednesday 3 July 2.15-4.30
  • Thursday 4 July 2.15-5
  • Friday – unstaffed
  • Monday 8 July 2.15-4.30
  • Tuesday 9 July 2.15-5
  • Wednesday – unstaffed
  • Thursday 11 July 2.15-5
  • Friday 12 July 2.15-5

Related Links Contact Us | Opening Hours webpage | Bodleian History Faculty Library | Bodleian Libraries Graduate Trainee Scheme

Wellcome Unit Library unstaffed Fri 7 and Mon 10 June

The Library will be unstaffed on Friday 7 June and Monday 10 June 2013.

We will be open as normal Tue 11 -Friday 14 June, staffed each afternoon 2.15-5pm.

If you would like to book an appointment to visit the Library please contact us.

Remote access for University members
Oxford University staff and students can still access many online subscription resources remotely using their Single Sign On.

These resources include:

  • eJournals via Oxford eJournals e.g. Medical History,
  • eBooks via SOLO – we have an extra large list of eBooks currently available as we are trialling a new eBooks package with over 100000 titles.
  • primary source databases via OxLIP+ e.g. Early English Books Online, Early European Books Online, The Making of the Modern World and many more resources covering from ancient to modern times.

Free online resources for all
There are also lots of resources available for free on the open web, including free eBooks on the Internet Archive, Gutenberg Project and Google Books.  We’ve bookmarked our favourite free History of Medicine related websites on Delicious.

Related Links Contact us | View our favourite online resources on our Delicious site | View our newest acquisitions on LibraryThing | Wellcome Unit Library Opening Hours

Library closed on Monday 27 May and unstaffed on Friday 31 May

The Library will be closed on Monday 27 May for the second May Bank Holiday. We will also be unstaffed on Friday 31 May.

We will be staffed:

  • Tuesday 28 May 2.15-5pm
  • Wednesday 29 May 2.15-5pm
  • Thursday 30 May 2.15-5pm

If you would like to book an appointment to visit the Library please contact us.

There will also be no Wellcome Unit Seminar on Monday 27 May.  However, they will return on Monday 3 June with Iain Smith from the University of Glasgow discussing “Temperance and Medical Responses to the Alcohol Question in Scotland, 1829-2013: From John Dunlop to Minimum Unit Pricing”.

Related Links Previous Wellcome Unit Seminars | Contact us