Welcome to all new and returning students in Michaelmas 2021

A warm welcome from the Radcliffe Science Library to all new and returning students! We look forward to seeing you soon.

The RSL is one of the Bodleian Libraries and is Oxford’s main library for science subjects and pre-clinical medicine.

The RSL’s usual home is currently closed for refurbishment until 2023. The RSL’s library services are currently operating from a temporary base in the Vere Harmsworth Library in the Rothermere American Institute.

Please see the Bodleian Libraries website for information on service updates and staying safe in the libraries.

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

  • e-Reference services:  Our Live Chat service is available via the SOLO home page and the Bodleian Libraries website seven days a week, (9am–7pm on weekdays and 10am–4pm on weekends) and our central email enquiry service is reader.services@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

While you’re away + Study Skills titles and EDI collection

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) provides 24/7 access to reading lists from a range of devices via your Oxford Single Sign-On ID (More information on ORLO).

E-journals

Databases

All of Oxford’s databases are accessible via SOLO (filter by Databases under Resource Type) and also via Databases A-Z.

Free resources

  • Filter by Open Access at the top of the left hand column of search results in SOLO
  • LibGuides list key subject-specific resources accessible online

Study Skills Reading list

We have compiled a curated selection of study skills books in one list. The list contains titles suitable for undergraduates and graduates, from general to specific, and by subject. You can go browse the list by scrolling the page or by using the Table of Contents tab, to jump to a category. The list will be reviewed and updated regularly with new recommended titles.

Equality Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Collection

The library is committed to expanding its EDI collection in areas such as LGBT+ Studies, Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) Studies.

Here is a selection of titles:

More are available on SOLO.

Do you want the e-book of a title already on SOLO in print?  Do you have a recommendation for a title not already included? Contact karine.barker@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

3D printing service relaunched

The Radcliffe Science Library’s 3D printing service has resumed.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss using the service, feel free to contact Richard Smith at rsl3dprinting@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Further information, including how to submit an order, can be found on the online guide:  https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/3dprintingscanning

New online resources for MPLS

Physical sciences

Life and environmental sciences

CABI titles

Welcome back to all students returning in Trinity term 2021

Welcome back to all students returning to Oxford for Trinity term! We are here to help you to continue your studies safely, and we would like to remind you of the services we offer while staying in line with government and University guidelines. For up-to-date information on services from the Bodleian Libraries as a whole, please see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/service-updates.

Opening hours

The Vere Harmsworth Library, including the Radcliffe Science Library, will have the following opening hours for Trinity term (from Saturday 24 April):

  • Monday-Friday: 9.30am – 9pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Booking is still required until further notice. Your booking confirmation email will give you full information on the procedures you will need to follow when visiting the library.

Loans

Loans are now due back on 1 June 2021. Information on returning books can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/borrow/return-loans.

Browse and Borrow

Browse and Borrow sessions are now bookable again at the VHL. The timings of these sessions are:

  • Monday to Friday – 11.30am-12.30pm; 3.30-4.30pm; 7.30-8.30pm
  • Saturday – 11am-12pm; 2.30-3.30pm
  • Sunday – 12-1pm; 3.30-4.30pm

A maximum of 5 readers per session are allowed. Booking a Browse and Borrow session allows you to access the shelves, but not to use a desk

Click and Collect

The Click and Collect service is available for loanable items from the VHL and RSL. Books are reserved via SOLO. You will need to book a 30 minute slot to collect reserved items – these are available as follows:

  • Monday to Friday – 12-4pm
  • Saturday – 11am-3pm
  • Sunday – 12-4pm

A maximum of 6 readers per 30 minutes slot is allowed.

Scan and Deliver

Scans of RSL and VHL items are available to via the Scan and Deliver service. Request scans via SOLO.

Update on library services at the RSL and VHL for Trinity term 2021

Opening hours

Easter vacation (from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 23 April):

  • Monday-Friday: 9.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 2pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Trinity term (from Saturday 24 April):

  • Monday-Friday: 9.30am – 9pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Booking is still required until further notice – please see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/libraries/book-a-library-time-slot for more information.

The loan return period has been extended until 29 April 2021 and fines are suspended. Information on returning books can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/borrow/return-loans.

Scans of RSL and VHL items are available to via the Scan and Deliver service, and the Click and Collect service is available for loanable items. Both services are available via SOLO.

For up-to-date information on services from the Bodleian Libraries, please see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/service-updates.

UPDATE:

From Monday 12 April, Browse and Borrow sessions are available again at the VHL. The timings of these sessions are:

Monday–Friday:

  • Mornings: 10am-12.00noon
  • Afternoons: 1.30-3.30pm
  • Evenings: 5-6.30pm

Saturday: 10.30am-1.30pm

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.