Category Archives: Library News

Bodleian Health Care Libraries’ leadership in healthcare blog

Sainsbury Library users might be interested to read the Bodleian Health Care Libraries’ leadership in healthcare blog, Knowledge Hub. Created for NHS Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy, the blog aims to be a source of and a signpost to information on leadership, talent management, coaching, compassionate leadership, diversity and inclusion, organisational change and more.

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.

Laptop theft: What you can do


Unfortunately some of our students recently had their laptops stolen from the library, and there were also similar thefts last year. However, there are some simple steps you can follow to protect your laptop or mobile device, either using the services already included, or by downloading and installing free software.

Protect your MacBook from theft
Don’t get Apple picked: How to protect your Mac from theft in public places

Protect and backup your computer
Advice from the University of Oxford Information Security Team

Apple Mac and iOS devices
How to set up and use ‘Find My iPhone’

Apple Mac and iOS devices, Windows, Linux, Android devices
Prey: Anti-theft tracking software for your laptop, phone and tablet

The Sainsbury Library: Opening hours over the Christmas vacation 2015


Photo by Markus Spiske (

According to all the news outlets – it’s Black Friday today. We don’t have any bargains on offer for you, but it’s about time to give you more information about access to the library during Christmas and New Year’s break.

SBS students and staff will have access the library whenever the building is open.

The Park End Street building will be closed from 18:00 on 24 Dec until 08:00 on 28 Dec, and again from 18:00 on 31 Dec until 08:00 on 2 Jan 2016. During these times the building will be completely locked and alarmed so there will be no access for anyone.

In the period between these two dates e.g. the 28th, 29th and the 30th the revolving doors will be locked but SBS students and staff will be able to access the school using their access cards, as they would at the weekends.

The Sainsbury Library will be unstaffed from 5pm on Wednesday, 23rd Dec 2015 until Monday, 4th Jan 2016.

BOOKS FROM THE BODLEIAN STACK WILL NOT be available from 5pm on 23/12/2015 until 9AM on 4/01/2016.

Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions.

The Library Graffiti Wall – catch up|#sbslibwall

Selection of picsWhile Chris has promptly answered all the comments on our Graffiti Wall, the pace of contributions made it difficult to keep pace, so the blog remained quiet. Please accept our apologies for the silence.

If you are interested in the conversations of the past few weeks, please visit our Facebook gallery, where we will post all questions and responses from today on.

Winter Vacation Loans 2015

The Oxford Christmas lights are being switched on today! There is no better day to announce the start dates of our Winter Vacation Loans 2015:

Undergraduates: Thu, 3/12/2015
MFEs: Mon, 7/12/2015
DPHils, MBAs: Fri, 18/12/2015.

Items (excluding the Careers and the Desk collections) issued as vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday 19/01/2016 (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.



Notice to Readers requesting Books from the Bodleian Stack to the Sainsbury Library

Business books By JessicaGale The service has now been restored.

Regrettably, the daily delivery of Bodleian books to the Sainsbury Library is temporarily suspended until further notice. Due to the technical issues, we are not able to guarantee the required level of this service.

We are working together with the SBS staff to resolve the issues and we will inform you as soon as this vital Bodleian service becomes available.

Please contact the library staff about alternate locations to which you can have your Bodleian books delivered for your use.
Apologies for the inconvenience.