Welcome (back) to Oxford

By | 9 October 2019

Nights are drawing in and that usually means one thing – the start of a brand new academic year.  Welcome back to all returning students and a warm hello to all new students embarking on your Oxford adventure!

We have been busy over the Summer and so we thought we would run through some Library news to kick off Michaelmas Term and to draw your attention to some new things to look out for over the coming weeks.

What is happening with the roof?

You cannot help but see the scaffolding that now decorates the main reading room.  For all those new to Oxford you will be pleased to know that this is not the permanent ‘look’ of the LawBod, there will be a lovely new roof complete with sky lights in April 2020 (our fingers are firmly crossed!).  The roof renovation is underway, we are hoping disruption will be kept at a minimum but we will be keeping readers updated on the renovation blog here http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/lawbod/renovations/ . There is also a notice board at the Library entrance which will keep readers updated about potential noisy periods and work schedules.  The main thing is to ask staff if you are being disturbed by noise, we can suggest other places to sit (the lower floors should be noise free) and there are ear plugs you can take from the desk.


Getting to know us!

We are very keen that you get the most out of the LawBod during your time in Oxford and we want to make sure you know about us and the services we offer.  From spaces in the Library you may not know exist to information on eresources, we are going to be spending the weeks in Michaelmas Term highlighting some useful information and services.

Look out for the noticeboard near the Photocopy room for our displays as well as our Blog posts, Tweets and Instagram posts.  Not a follower of the LawBod yet?  See below for info on our social media activities.

Social Media

The LawBod is active on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram, if you are an avid user of social media and want to follow us see below for details.  We send out information about LawBod news but also interesting legal news as well!

Twitter: @thelawbod  https://twitter.com/thelawbod

Instagram: @thelawbod https://www.instagram.com/thelawbod

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lawbod/

New Westlaw

For those who were merrily using Westlaw up to the end of Trinity Term you may have noticed that the platform has now changed.  If you finding it difficult to navigate then there is plenty of help to get you up and running.  Westlaw have plenty of online user guides but we are also running a session on Westlaw (Making the Most of Westlaw) in the Law Bod at 1.30pm on Friday of week 3 you can book a place here https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/x/wz6spL . We also have a short video here that may get you started …


You will be prompted to fill in a short form the first time you log in, this is just your name and your email address (you should use your university email address), access after this should just be your SSO.