Summer Vacation Loans

Photo credit: Scott Webb

We are happy to announce the start dates of the Summer Vacation Loans 2017:

Undergraduates:  from Thu, 15/06/2017 until Tue, 10/10/2017

DPhils: from Mon, 3/07/2017 until Tue, 10/10/2017

MBAs: from Mon, 3/07/2017 until Mon 11/9/2017

MFEs: from Mon, 3/07/2017 until Thu, 10/10/2017.

Items (excluding the Careers and the Desk collections) issued as vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday 10/9/2017 unless you are an MBA student, in which case this will be earlier.

Please note that Vacation Loans are only available to students without overdue books and outstanding fines. You can check your account by signing into SOLO with your SSO. Fines can be paid online by card (or at the enquiry desk, during staffed hours, by cash). If you experience any difficulties, please contact the library: or telephone: +44 (0)1865 288880.

New self-help books

Trinity Term is a particularly stressful time of year for our students but support is available. The University Health and Welfare team are on hand to provide a variety of resources and assistance. In addition to University services, Nightline provides a completely independent listening, support, and information service run for and by students.

From a library perspective, we feel we have a pastoral duty of care to our readers. We seek to provide a safe, welcoming space where students can achieve what they set out to achieve. The Bodleian as a whole has been carefully collecting and curating a selection of self-help books for students, staff, and any other interested users. The majority of these books are e-books, which we feel adds an element of discretion for those who wish for it. These e-books are available to view at any time of day, from any location; all you need is an internet connection and your Single Sign-On.

The full list of titles can be found here. If you feel there are any titles or topics we may have missed, please do get in touch with our disability librarian.

Find the books here.

29th May Bank Holiday Opening

The Sainsbury Library will be offering a reduced library service on the 29th May. The Library will be open to non-Oxford Saïd visitors between 9am and 5pm, with all non-SBS visitors required to vacate by no later than 4.45pm.

For Oxford Saïd students, the library will be open as normal with normal opening hours.

Non-SBS readers are asked to note however that the Saïd Business School building will be operating on a reduced Sunday service, when the building is generally closed to everyone other than students and staff who hold individual SBS building access cards.  As a result, the Sainsbury Library is unable to guarantee access to readers other than SBS students and that readers who elect to come to the Sainsbury may experience difficulties or extensive delays in gaining entry to the building.

Non-SBS readers are therefore strongly encouraged to make use of the various other Bodleian Libraries that are open, details of which can be found here.

Eikon Training Day – Monday 8th May

EikonEikon is a financial database which will be replacing Thomson One and DataStream. We are currently trialling Eikon and have invited a representative from Thomson Reuters to come and run a training day.

All SBS members who currently use, or would like to use, financial databases are invited to come along and learn how Eikon can help with your research.

A representative from Thomson Reuters will be available to demonstrate Eikon’s features. Feel free to bring your own questions.

The Sainsbury Library Lower Reading Room. Ask at the information desk for more information.

Monday 8th May 10:30-12:00 & 15:00-16:00

Email for more information.

Spring Vacation Loans

As Hilary Term comes to an end, our vacation loan policy comes into effect, meaning longer borrowing periods over the vacation.


Start: 9th March
End: 25th April


Start: 15th March
End: 25th April

MBA/DPhil/Other University Members:

Start: 7th April
End: 25th April

Please note that Vacation Loans are only available to students without overdue books and outstanding fines. You can check your account by signing into SOLO with your SSO. Fines can be paid online by card (or at the enquiry desk, during staffed hours, by cash). If you experience any difficulties, please contact the library: or telephone: +44 (0)1865 288880.

Photo credit: National Széchényi Library

Holiday closures

As the holidays are fast approaching, here are the details for when we are open:

The School

The School will be closed from 18:00 on the 24th of Dsnowmanecember until 08:00 on the 27th of December.

It will again be closed from 18:00 on the 31st of December until 08:00 on the 2nd of January

The Library

The library will be open to all SBS students as per the School details above.

The library will be unstaffed and closed to visitors from 17:00 on the 23rd of December until 09:00 on the 3rd of January.

From behalf of all the Sainsbury Library team: We wish you a happy holiday!

Winter Vacation Loans 2016

'Almost ready' (photo of Christmas presents) by Paweł Kadysz (

‘Almost ready’ by Paweł Kadysz (

The Oxford Christmas lights are being switched on today! There is no better day to announce the start dates of our Winter Vacation Loans 2016:

Undergraduates: Thu, 1/12/2016
MFEs: Wed, 7/12/2016
DPHils, MBAs: Fri, 16/12/2016.

Items (excluding the Careers and the Desk collections) issued as vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday 17/01/2016 (Week 1).

Please note that Vacation Loans are only available to students without overdue books and outstanding fines. You can check your account by signing into SOLO with your SSO. Fines can be paid online by card (or at the enquiry desk, during staffed hours, by cash). If you experience any difficulties, please contact the library: or telephone: +44 (0)1865 288880.



The iChallenge 2016

The iChallenge booklet and answer sheet.With the start of the new academic year and the new MBA students this brings, the Sainsbury Library team sought to welcome the new cohort with an innovative induction session. Called the iChallenge, this activity served as both an icebreaking exercise for the new students and as a means of promoting the business resources that the library has to offer. We have put together this report detailing what we did, why we did it, and how it went.
The iChallenge 2016 Report

Notice: Temporary Closure – 5/09-18/09 – of the Sainsbury Library Lower Reading Room

ToolsThe Lower Reading Room of the Sainsbury Library is about to undergo some important refurbishment work. In order to carry out this work, the Lower Reading Room will be unavailable to students, staff and visitors from Monday, 5th September 2016 until Sunday, 18th September 2016 (both inclusive).

The purpose of the refurbishment work is to do the following:

  • provide new carpeting throughout the lower level,
  • rearrange the group-work spaces, PCs and desks,
  • install new power cubes on the group-work tables,
  • install a new library reception desk.

This refurbishment takes place in response to the feedback received by the Sainsbury Library and Oxford Saïd and is aimed at improving the quality of the library space; help reduce the noise levels on the lower level; and generally provide a more welcoming and user-friendly library experience to students, staff and visitors.

During this period, the Upper Reading Room will remain available for work and study. Sainsbury Library staff will be on hand to assist library users and offering a restricted service to readers between 9am – 5pm from the upper level.

The lower level will not be accessible to anyone other than library staff.

We therefore ask that you take note of the following:

  • Books required from the lower level will be fetched by library staff on request, during the staffed hours of 9.00am – 4.45pm,
  • Loans will continue to be possible between the hours of 9.00am – 4.45pm via library staff,
  • Bodleian stack books will be available for anyone to use during this period, but please note that there may be some increased level of noise emanating from the lower level during the refurbishment period,
  • When the library is unstaffed (between 5pm-9am and during the weekend) books can be returned at the main Oxford Saïd reception desk.

The following services will not be available to readers during the refurbishment:

  • Access into the Library through the lower level doors,
  • Self service machine,
  • Borrowing when the library is unstaffed (between 5pm-9am and during the weekend),
  • Bloomberg terminals,
  • Bodleian PCs. For visitors requiring use of a PC, we suggest use of another Bodleian Library during this period. The nearest library with Bodleian PCs is the Sackler Library,
  • PCAS (Printing, Copying and Scanning), but a limited printing service will be available to SBS students and staff from the SBS IT desk, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4-45pm.

How to access to the Upper Reading Room in the Sainsbury Library?

Anyone wishing to work or study in the library will be able to access the Upper Reading Room via doors located at that level. The route to the doors for the  Upper Reading Room will be clearly signposted. Please speak to reception staff if you are in doubt, or give us a call (01865 288880).

Access to PCs and iMacs:

Several PCs and iMacs are available for use by SBS students and staff in the Upper Reading Room.


Standard PCAS machines will not be available to readers during the refurbishment. Some printing support will be available through Oxford Saïd.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but ask for your cooperation by limiting any borrowing or non-essential use of the library during this time.

We thank you for your cooperation and will look forward to your feedback once the Lower Reading Room has re-opened.