A warm welcome from the Radcliffe Science Library to all new and returning students. The RSL is Oxford’s main library for science subjects and pre-clinical medicine, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Please don’t hesitate to ask library staff for help. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
- Your Subject Librarian is to person to contact with any questions you have about library services and resources. Contact details for the RSL’s Subject Librarians can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/contact/radcliffe-science-library-staff.
- The RSL website (www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science) gives full details of our services.
- Training. We run a lot of orientation and information skills sessions for new students in Michaelmas term – they are listed at:
– Undergraduates: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/training/rsl-undergraduate-induction
– Postgraduates: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/training/rsl-graduate-induction
The Bodleian Libraries also provides the iSkills programme, covering such topics as reference management, Open Access and e-books – details are at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshopsbydate.
- Library Assistant. This is a web-based tool optimised for viewing on smaller screens which gives you essential information about Oxford’s libraries. It’s specificially geared towards helping students new to Oxford navigate their way round Oxford’s library system. Access it on your phone or tablet at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/assistant.
- LibGuides. These are online guides written by Subject Librarians to get you started with the key resources in your subject area. The full list of Bodleian Libraries Libguides is at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/.
- News from us: We’re on Twitter as @radcliffescilib and Facebook as Radcliffe Science Library. There is also a monthly newsletter, Science and Medicine Dispatch, which features news from the RSL and other science libraries and also from the Bodleian Health Care Libraries. It’s distributed via email and in print, and also online at
The Radcliffe Science Library will be open to the public as part of Oxford Open Doors (organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust) on Saturday 8 September 2018, 10.30am – 1.45pm. There will be displays from the collections in the Entrance Hall Lounge,
plus a 3D-printing demonstration and building tours.
All welcome – readers are invited to participate and bring along friends.
Details of all Oxford Open Doors events can be found at www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/content/ood-events.
Please note that we will be open to readers as normal 10am to 2pm.
Oxford Open Access Week 2018 will take place 11-15 June. For up-to-date information about the programmme and details of how to book, please see
Diffraction is a collaboration between second year Fine Arts students at Arts University Bournemouth and the Oxford Structural Genomics Consortium. The launch event will take place at the RSL on Wednesday 28 March – details are at https://www.facebook.com/events/570756029969419/. The exhibition will continue until 17 June.
This gallery contains 13 photos.
Many thanks to all who supported the Edible Book Festival today despite the difficult weather conditions! Here are all the entries and winners. There are also some 360 degree photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/144464434@N06/albums/72157690979994472
On Thursday 1 March the Radcliffe Science Library will be holding our 3rd Annual Edible Book Festival to mark World Book Day!
This event is free and open to any member of University – students, staff (including Bodleian Libraries staff) – and external readers. Everyone is invited to enter their book-themed culinary creations by bringing them to the RSL Lounge between 9am and 11am on Thursday 1 March.
What is an edible book?
Edible Books are art pieces composed of food that are ‘bookish’, i.e. based on and represent a book title, a book cover, a character, a plot element or theme, or any other attribute or characteristic directly associated with a book, including its form.
What will happen at the event?
All entries will be exhibited, documented, then eaten!
The timetable for the day is:
- 9-11am Drop off entries
- 11am-1pm Viewing and voting
- 1pm Awards and refreshments
Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories:
- Most Creative
- Most Fun
- Most Bookish
- People’s Choice
Even if you don’t have time to make your own edible entry, please join us in admiring and tasting the creations – and vote for your favorite. The entry with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice award.
At 1pm everyone will grab forks and we will “eat our own words”!
Take a look at last year’s entries (http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2017/03/06/edible-book-festival-2017-the-entries/) or simply Google ‘edible book festival’ and you will find dozens of fantastic examples.
Remember, you don’t need to be an expert chef. If you’ve got a great idea for an entry, we want to see it!
For more information or to register an entry contact email@example.com.
The rules and an entry form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/EBF18rules.
RSL staff would very much like to know which parts of the Library readers prefer to use. Please let us know at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/rsl-spaces-HT18.
Your views will inform future development of the RSL’s spaces.