3D printing and VR services

3D printing and scanning services

We would like to remind all our readers that the Radcliffe Science Library has a low-cost 3D printing service which is available to all members of the University. We also have 3D scanning equipment for the creation of virtual 3D objects.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss using the service, please contact 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

VR equipment lending service

The RSL has VR headsets and a 360° camera which are available for loan. Please contact newtech.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with any queries about this service.

Further information can be found at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/vr.

AIAA meeting papers

We now have online access to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) meeting papers. These are papers from AIAA’s Forums and supported conferences covering every aspect of aerospace – approximately 5,000 are published every year. Our subscription includes the complete archive which provides access to historical papers published by AIAA from 1963 up to the current year.

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New deal with Optica Publishing Group

The Bodleian Libraries have signed a new deal for Optica journals.

This agreement allows University of Oxford corresponding authors to publish research articles and review articles in hybrid and fully OA journals. Authors must use their Oxford University email address when submitting articles to the journal, and choose the CC BY publication licence.

You can check a comprehensive list of which publishers we have signed deals with (and the content of the deals) here: https://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/publisher-deals

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UpToDate subscription expiry

The UpToDate subscription will expire on 31 July and due to the very high cost it has unfortunately not been possible to renew the subscription.

If you use UpToDate to log and redeem CPD points as evidence of your personal CPD, it is important that you download these CPD points before that date if you would like to evidence them in your portfolio. Instructions on how to do this are available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Please contact us at hcl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for more information or help.

Free research skills sessions for MPLS – Tuesday 19 July 2022

The RSL is pleased to announce the following program of free research skills sessions for postgraduate students and researchers in MPLS:

  • Research skills for Materials and Chemistry – Tuesday 19 July, 10–11am Joining link
  • Research Skills for Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics – Tuesday 19 July, 11.30am–12.30pm Joining link
  • Research Skills for Engineering & Computer Science – Tuesday 19 July, 3-4pm Joining link

These sessions will be an opportunity to improve and extend your scientific literature research skills and to know more about support with Open Access and RDM at Oxford.


  • Be aware of specialist library collections for your subject
  • Be able to find a wider range of material using subject-focused database and catalogues
  • Develop effective searching skills and strategies to help in-depth literature research
  • Have a brief overview on available support with Open Access and Research Data Management

To book your place, please email alessandra.vetrugno@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

New ejournals – Lancet and Cell Press titles, and Bioelectricity

The Bodleian Libraries now have access to the following key ejournal titles:

Lancet titles

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Cell Press titles

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Online resources during the summer vacation 2022

The Bodleian Libraries have a wide range of online resources to enable you to continue your studies away from Oxford. Information on online and remote access to Bodleian Libraries services can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/remote-access.


You can access the full text of many resources via SOLO when logged in with your Single Sign-On (SSO) ID – look for the green Online access icon to find these. You can also filter search results to see  Online Resources only.


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

If a book you need is not 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 can be found at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ORLO.



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


LibGuides list key subject-specific resources, including e-books, e-journals, databases and other resources available online.

Key LibGuides for science and medicine:

Service disruption as a result of changes to library systems, 16-23 August 2022

The University of Oxford’s libraries are switching to a new system during summer 2022. While we move our data, some services will be reduced or unavailable between 16 to 23 August (inclusive). All services will resume as normal on 24 August.

The Bodleian Libraries will have a coordinated approach to reduce the impact of these disruptions as much as possible. We thank you for your patience while our library system is upgraded.


The Bodleian Libraries Live Chat service is available on the right-hand side of SOLO and is available:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 1pm
  • Sunday: 10am – 1pm

Contacts for further assistance:

New online reference resource – Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria

We are pleased to announce that Oxford University members now have access to the online version of Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria (BMSAB). This is a microbiology reference work aimed at undergraduates, graduate students and researchers. Bergey’s offers the most complete and authoritative published description of bacterial and archaeal diversity. Now available online for the first time, this edition contains over 1, 750 articles providing descriptions of the taxonomy, systematics, ecology, physiology and other biological properties of all described prokaryotic taxa. Further information about the book is available via the publisher’s website.

Institute of Physics ebooks

The Bodleian Libraries now has access to around 800 Physical Sciences ebooks from the Institute of Physics. Access will run until May 10, 2023 and include new titles as they are published. After this date, titles on reading lists or heavily used will be permanently retained. Content is DRM-free (so readers can print and save text as needed) and searchable at chapter level. Titles are hosted on the IOPscience platform, alongside IOP journal content

Titles include:

  • Research and reference texts including monographs, handbooks and edited collections
  • Texts for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level students
  • Accessible broad interest titles often taking a multidisciplinary approach

ORA COVID-19 Collection – preserving Oxford’s COVID-19 response

The University of Oxford has been at the forefront of the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of this activity is reflected in the wide array of research outputs – journal articles, conference papers, working papers, preprints, and more – that have been produced in this area.

The Bodleian Libraries Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) COVID-19 Collection seeks to provide a one-stop point of access to all of these outputs, focusing on the full-text items available via ORA, and links to Oxford COVID-related research in a range of other locations. The ORA COVID-19 Collection ensures that these materials are available not only for today’s readers but also in perpetuity – to illuminate the story of the University’s contribution to the pandemic response for future generations.

Highlights include:

This is a live collection that is still being developed and we value your thoughts, comments and suggested additions. Contact ora@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or complete the webform.

If you are a member of the University of Oxford and can’t see your COVID-related paper here, then deposit your accepted manuscript to ORA.