Edible Book Festival 2018

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”!

Need inspiration?

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 beth.gibbs@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

The rules and an entry form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/EBF18rules.

Database Trial – EarthDoc

We currently have a trial to a new Earth Sciences database. EarthDoc is EAGE’s online geoscience database which contains more than 62,000 event papers and journal articles. EarthDoc gives you the opportunity to consult many years of research and a vast expanse of technical knowledge. All articles and papers cover the main fields of study within Geoscience, such as: Geology, Geophysics, Near Surface, Petroleum engineering, Reservoir and Production Engineering. The trial will run until Thurs 15th February.

It will be available via OxLIP+: http://oxford1-ml.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/V/U2IF56YNB2D4G2LQJA43G3S4CTD57KTK45YMHN7NIG8LJFA5ES-02435?RN=715922386&pds_handle=GUEST

Please contact Andrew Kernot in the Radcliffe Science Library (andrew.kernot@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) or Elizabeth Crowley in the Earth Sciences Library (elizabeth.crowley@earth.ox.ac.uk) if you have any feedback.

When is the RSL open over the vacation?

Vacation opening hours apply at the RSL until Friday 12 January 2018 (8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday and closed on Sunday).

Term-time opening hours for Hilary will start on Saturday 13 January (8.30am-10pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday).

The RSL will close for the Christmas and New Year period at 5pm on Friday 22 December and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Vacation loans are due back on Tuesday 16 January (ie Tuesday 1st Week of Hilary).

RSL staff would like to wish all our readers a happy festive period and a peaceful New Year!


Welcome to all new arrivals!

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3D printing milestone at the RSL

RSL staff have now completed more than 1000 print jobs since the launch of the our 3D printing service in December 2014. This amounts to over 3500 hours of 3D printing. Congratulations to Richard Smith, Ollie Bridle and their team of helpers for making a great success of this very popular service! Full details of the 3D printing and scanning service can be found in the 3D printing LibGuide (http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/3dprintingscanning).