Update on library services from the Radcliffe Science Library and the Vere Harmsworth Library – Hilary term 2021

From Saturday 16 January, the Radcliffe Science Library and Vere Harmsworth Libraries will be CLOSED to readers apart from those using the Click and Collect service (available Monday to Friday, 12-4pm by advance booking only). This will apply until further notice.

Readers using the Click and Collect service will be able to return books as well.

Scans of RSL and VHL open shelf items will still be available to University members via the Scan and Deliver service.

It is not possible to order items to the VHL from offsite storage, but scans of articles and chapters are available through the Scan and Deliver Offsite Scan service. This is available to all Bodleian Libraries readers.

Emergency online access to many of our holdings via HathiTrust has been reinstated on SOLO.

Updated on changes to Bodleian Libraries services will be posted at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/finding-resources/library-updates.

While you’re away from Oxford

The Bodleian Libraries have an extensive range of online resources to enable you to continue your studies away from Oxford.

SOLO

Filter results on SOLO by Online Resources to find resources that can be accessed remotely – look for the green Online access icon. University members can access these anywhere in the world when logged into SOLO with a Single Sign-On (SSO) ID.

E-books

The Bodleian Libraries have a large number of e-books which can be accessed via SOLO. We also have a guide to accessing and using e-books.

If you can’t find a book available as an e-book, then we may be able to purchase one. Complete the book recommendation form to put in your request.

Reading lists

Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) allows students can access up-to-date reading lists 24/7 from a range of devices, check location and availability of listed items and access complete texts where available. ORLO can be accessed through Canvas or at http://readinglists.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ by logging in with your Oxford Single Sign-On ID (SSO).

More information on ORLO

E-journals

We have access to over 118,000 e-journals titles which can be found via SOLO or our E-journals A-Z list.

The Bodleian Libraries now have a service called Browzine to provide easier access to online journal articles. BrowZine provides access to journals licensed by the Bodleian Libraries from compatible publishers from 2005 onwards. Articles can be accessed directly from SOLO or from the BrowZine website. There are also Browzine apps for Android and iOS, and a Chrome extension which provides links to full-text content of articles while searching the web.

Readers can save articles to a personal library, set up alerts for new issues of journals, and export articles to bibliographic management tools (including Mendeley and EndNote).

More information on BrowZine

Databases

You can access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas via SOLO and also via Databases A-Z.

Free resources

There is a useful selection of free online resources at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/e-resources/free-resources. You can also check LibGuides for subject-specific resources accessible online.

For e-resources available to everyone filter by Open Access at the top of the left hand column of search results in SOLO.

New online collections

Since the Bodleian Libraries closed in March, staff have made every effort to obtain as many titles accessible online as possible. Collections we’ve recently acquired include:

ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) is the reading list system for the University of Oxford, and aims to support students by making collections of resources more accessible and relevant to their different learning needs.

With ORLO, students can access up-to-date reading lists 24/7 from a range of devices, check location and availability of the items on reading lists and access ebooks and article through the “View Online” button. Personal notes can also be added. ORLO can be accessed through Canvas or at http://readinglists.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ by logging in with your Oxford Single Sign-On ID (SSO).

For more information, please see:

Online resources

The primary tool for accessing electronic items available across the University’s libraries is SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to find electronic resources that can be accessed remotely – look for the green Online access icon. University members can access these anywhere in the world when logged into SOLO with a Single Sign-On (SSO) ID.

E-books

The Bodleian Libraries have a large number of e-books which can be accessed via SOLO. We also have a guide to accessing and using e-books.

Reading list books are made available online wherever possible. These can be accessed via SOLO and also via ORLO.

If you can’t find a book available as an e-book, then we may be able to purchase one. Complete the book recommendation form to put in your request.

E-journals

We have access to over 118,000 e-journals titles which can be found via SOLO or our E-journals A-Z list.

The Bodleian Libraries have recently introduced a new service called Browzine to provide easier access to online journal articles. BrowZine provides access to journals licensed by the Bodleian Libraries from compatible publishers from 2005 onwards. Articles can be accessed directly from SOLO or from the BrowZine website (https://browzine.com/libraries/1704/subjects). There are also Browzine apps for Android and iOS, and a Chrome extension which provides links to full-text content of articles while searching the web.

Readers can also set up a personal account which allows saving articles to a personal library, exporting articles to bibliographic management tools (including Mendeley and EndNote), sharing articles on social media and setting up alerts for new issues of journals.

For more information, please see https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/BrowZine/home.

Databases

You can access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas via SOLO and also via Databases A-Z.

Free resources

There is a useful selection of free online resources at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/e-resources/free-resources. You can also check your subject LibGuide for subject-specific resources accessible online.

For e-resources available to everyone filter by Open Access at the top of the left hand column of search results in SOLO.

New services – Browse and Borrow + Spacefinder

Browse and Borrow

From Tuesday 27 October 2020, the Browse and Borrow (B&B) service is available at the Vere Harmsworth Library. Browse and Borrow allows readers to book a slot to browse the open shelves and borrow material for consultation outside the library.

Browse and Borrow sessions are available as follows in term-time:
Monday to Friday:

  • Mornings: 10.00am-12.30pm
  • Afternoons: 2.00pm-4.30pm
  • Evenings: 6.00pm-8.30pm

Saturdays:

  • 10.30am-12.00pm
  • 1.30pm-3.30pm

Sundays:

  • 11.30am-1.00pm
  • 2.30pm-4.30pm

Browse and Borrow bookings at the VHL are limited to 15 readers per session.

If you need to consult material in depth in the library, please book a desk or PC instead.

Spacefinder

Demand for spaces in libraries is very high and slots become fully booked very quickly.

To assist readers in finding and booking available spaces, a new Spacefinder tool has been launched.

New slots are released 7 days in advance between 7:30-9:30 each morning, and additional slots are released each day due to cancellations and same day booking can be made before 8am.

How to contact us for help

Radcliffe Science Library staff can be contacted any time for help using library services:

+44 1865 272800 enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

You can also contact your Subject Librarian directly.

For help with SOLO, you can use the Live Chat service from the SOLO home screen. Live Chat is staffed by library staff from across the Bodleian Libraries, and is available 9am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-7pm at weekends.

Socially-distanced library services in Michaelmas term 2020

Using library spaces

At the moment, you will need to book a space in advance to visit one of the Bodleian Libraries – see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/reading-rooms for details.

Bookings can be made up to a week in advance and will close at 8am the day of your chosen time slot.

Check library opening times before booking – www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/opening-hours.

Borrowing

Usual borrowing procedures are suspended across the Bodleian Libraries due to restrictions on access to library sites. Borrowing is possible via the Click and Collect service – see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/clickandcollect for details. Borrowers are able to place requests on SOLO for loanable items, which are then fetched by staff and can be collected in a pre-arranged time slot.

Getting scans of chapters and articles

Readers can request scans of journal articles and book chapters on SOLO via Scan and Deliver – details are at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/scan-and-deliver. There are two services on offer:

  • OffsiteScan from items in off-site storage is available to all Bodleian Libraries readers
  • LibraryScan from items in reading rooms is available to current members of the University with a SSO (there is a limit of one request per reader per day)

These services are free of charge.

Welcome to all new and returning students!

A warm welcome from the Bodleian’s Science and Medicine team!

The RSL is Oxford’s main library for science subjects and pre-clinical medicine, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

The RSL’s usual home is currently closed for refurbishment until late 2021. Bodleian Libraries science library services are currently operating from a temporary base in the Vere Harmsworth Library in the Rothermere American Institute.

Due to the pandemic, the library is currently open only to readers who have booked in advance – this must be done online at  www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/reading-rooms.

Books can be borrowed from the RSL via the Click and Collect service.

Scans of articles and book chapters are available via Scan and Deliver.

Please don’t hesitate to ask library staff for help. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

You can also contact me directly via email at donald.mackay@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Donald M Mackay, Head of MSD & MPLS Libraries

Vere Harmsworth Library and Radcliffe Science Library @ VHL reopen on Monday 28 September

The Vere Harmsworth Library, the temporary home of the Radcliffe Science Library, will reopen to readers on Monday 28 September.

Opening hours:

  • From Monday 28 September: 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday only
  • From Sunday 11 October:
    • 9.30am to 9pm Monday to Friday
    • 10am to 4pm Saturday
    • 11am to 5pm Sunday

Admission is by advance booking only and this must be done online – book at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/reading-rooms.

There are 40 seats available for booking and 4 library PCs. Readers are required to wear masks and use hand sanitiser – full details of safety precautions will be included in your booking confirmation email.

Deliveries of materials held offsite will recommence on Wednesday 7 October, with ordering via SOLO enabled the day before. Please note – if you order items which can only be used in the library, you will need to book a space to consult it as well.

You can also use the Click and Collect service via SOLO to borrow VHL and RSL books. Details of this service are at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/clickandcollect. Items can be collected at a pre-arranged time between 12pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

If you have any issues accessing the library, please contact vhl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

These arrangements are subject to change at short notice. Any updates will be posted on the RSL website and Twitter feed.

New online titles

Since Bodleian Libraries sites closed in March, library staff have been busy expanding significantly our collections of ebooks – purchasing as many as we can of the books on MPLS and MSD reading lists and other books that are heavily borrowed by students.

These include hundreds of individual new online books as well as significant collections of online textbooks including the OUP Chemistry Primers, Elsevier ClinicalKey Student, LWW Healthcare, and the Cambridge University Press STM Collection (which just in itself brings us 8,500 new online textbooks in MSD and MPLS subject areas).

We have also acquired access to two collections of online journals from SAGE, which are now available via SOLO:

Royal Society of Medicine Press:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers: